‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’. (© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENT. INC., VILLAGE ROADSHOW FILMS NORTH AMERICA INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENT. LLC – U.S., CANADA, BAHAMAS & BERMUDA © 2017 WARNER BROS. ENT. INC., VILLAGE ROADSHOW FILMS (BVI) LIMITED AND RATPAC-DUNE ENT. LLC – ALL OTHER TERRITORIES) (Photo Credit: Daniel Smith)
Roadshow’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword has opened on top of the box office with earnings of $2.3 million. Directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jude Law, Charlie Hunnam and Eric Bana, the film bowed on 406 screens, each making an average of $5,730.
Last week’s number one Alien: Covenant tumbled 50 per cent to earn just below $2 million. However, the Ridley Scott film still boasted a bigger screen average than King Arthur: $6,269. Shot in Sydney, the Fox title has earned $7.2 million after two weeks.
Despite losing 111 screens, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has maintained third position, earning $1.9 million. The Disney title has made $29.6 million after five weeks in release, and remains on 299 screens.
The weekend’s best screen average went to StudioCanal sequel John Wick: Chapter Two, which opened on $1.8 million from 219 screens – an average of $8,352.
Fox’s Snatched fell 44 per cent over its second weekend, making $1.6 million. Directed by Jonathan Levine, the Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn starrer has made $5.9 million overall.
eOne tearjerker A Dog’s Purpose collected $692,850 over its third weekend, taking its gross to $3.5 million. Behind it was Transmission’s British-Indian drama, Viceroy’s House. Despite only being in previews, the Gurinder Chadha film has already amassed $603,056.
Universal’s Get Out, shot by Aussie DOP Toby Oliver, brought in $547,768 over its third weekend. Overall, the feature debut from comedian-turned-director Jordan Peele has made $5.3 million.
The Fate of the Furious still on 113 screens after seven weeks, with weekend earnings of $167,845 taking the Universal title to $28.3 million overall.
Rounding out the top ten is Roadshow’s The Zookeeper’s Wife, which has made $856,319 after three weeks.
Among the Aussie titles, Tori Garrett’s debut feature Don’t Tell opened on 79 screens to $110,835. The Backlot Studios/Tojohage/Graffiti title stars Sara West, Aden Young, Jack Thompson, Rachel Griffiths and Jacqueline McKenzie.
Showing on 21 screens, Transmission documentary Whiteley has made $177,425 after two weeks, while Madman’s The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One has opened on $12,482 from 29 screens.
Ben Young’s debut feature Hounds of Love, distributed by Label, has made $10,540 from previews ahead of its official release on June 1.