Hidden Figures has debuted on top of the box office with just under $3.3 million from 322 screens; an average of $10,107. With previews, the Fox title has made $4.8 million to date.
The film, nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, narrowly pipped last week’s number one, Universal’s Fifty Shades Darker.
Starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, the romantic thriller took $3.1 million from 472 screens over the weekend; a fall of 50 per cent. It now sits on $13.7 million overall.
In third positon was fellow Universal title The Great Wall. The US-China co-production, directed by Zhang Yimou, bowed on 370 screens to earn almost $3 million.
Now in its fifth week, Transmission’s Lion took $1.9 million. The Garth Davis film has made $22.7 million so far, which means it now ranks in the top 10 highest-grossing Australian films of all time at the local box office – ahead of the likes of The Dressmaker, Red Dog,Mad Max: Fury Road and Strictly Ballroom.
Psychological thriller Split earned $972,645 over its fourth weekend; a fall of 40 per cent. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the Universal film has made $11.2 million to date.
Ahead of its official release this Thursday, Sony’s T2: Trainspotting managed to land in sixth position with preview earnings of $370,082.
Behind it was La La Land, which dropped 40 per cent over its eighth weekend to earn $305,939. The odds-on favourite to win the Oscar for Best Picture, the film has so far earned $18.5 million in Aussie cinemas.
Both in their third week, Roadshows Patriots Day and Universal’s Manchester by the Sea are sitting on totals of of $2.9 million and $1.7 million respectively.
Rounding out the top ten is Disney’s Moana, still on 147 screens after eight weekends. The animated feature has made $25.7 million overall.