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Australian-shot blockbusters ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ and ‘The Fall Guy’ dominate local box office

The Australian-shot Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes has opened strongly grossing $3.78 million to take top spot at the box office while action-comedy The Fall Guy, which was also shot locally, has passed the $10 million mark.

The latest installment in the long-running Planet of the Apes franchise was released across 580 screens giving it a screen average of $6521 – a similar opening weekend performance as The Fall Guy last month.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes was shot in Australia in late 2022 and early 2023 at Disney Studios, employing more than 1000 cast, crew, and extras and injecting $135 million dollars into the Australian economy, according to Disney.

“The production provided a meaningful boost to our screen and creative sector through employment, skills development, and use of local businesses,” Walt Disney Company Australia and New Zealand senior vice president and managing director, Kylie Watson-Wheeler, said.

Industry representative Ausfilm has said that Australian-shot films have grossed close to a billion dollars this year in total at the global box office. That figure should rise substantially with the release of Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga later this month.

The Fall Guy took second spot at the box office in its third week at cinemas. It grossed $1.72 million – a 30 per cent drop on the previous weekend – across 414 screens.

Paramount’s kid-friendly IF, starring Ryan Reynolds, posted $709,640 in preview screenings to take third spot. The Zendaya tennis drama Challengers grossed $528,165, taking its tally to $3.95 million, while Kung Fu Panda 4 added another $441,408 in its seventh week. The Jack Black-voiced animated film has now grossed $24.1 million at Australian cinemas.

Australian films box office performance (2024)

FilmBudget (est)DistributorOpening w/eWeeksBox office
Force of Nature: The Dry 2Roadshow$1.6m13$7.31m
Late Night With The DevilMaslow Entertainment$242,0005$835,000
Combat Wombat: Back 2 BackMaslow
Entertainment
$88,0009$365,278
The Trust Fall: Julian AssangeIndependent$130016$330,000
Before Dawn$10mUmbrella$99,9716$258,000
Just a Farmer$1.9mVAM Paddock Productions$40,0708$137,000
The RoosterBonsai Films$24,4807$71,000
The Emu WarUmbrella Entertainment17$13,298
TOTAL$9.31m

Films shot in Australia box office performance (2024)

FilmBudget (est)DistributorOpening w/eWeeksBox office
Anyone But You$US25mSony$2.87m15$22.64m
Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire$US135-$US150mWarner Bros.$5.6m6$18.62
The Fall Guy$US125mUniversal$3.7m2$10.02m
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes$US160mDisney$3.78m1$4.01m
TOTAL $55.29m