Box Office: Housos Vs Authority opens with $554K at cinemas

Paul Fenech comedy Housos Vs. Authority has grossed $554,003 on its opening weekend at cinemas.

Housos Vs. Authority, inspired by SBS TV series Housos, follows Franky, Shazza, Dazza and their mates as they attempt to sprinkle Shazza's mum's ashes on top of Australia's most famous icon. The film, distributed by Paramount and Transmission Films, opened on 151 screens, giving it a screen average of $3485.

The performance is far shy of Fat Pizza, Fenech's last feature film comedy which grossed $1.16 million on its opening weekend in April 2003. That film, distributed by Roadshow, was based on the successful SBS series Pizza and went on to gross $3.65 million at the box office.

Meanwhile, Australian documentary Paul Kelly: Stories of Me continued to perform well. It lifted 48 per cent in its third weekend, taking $139,241 across seven screens. It is likely to become the second Australian documentary to enter the top 10 box office list alongside Storm Surfers 3D.

Meanwhile, Australian drama Last Dance opened on six screens, grossing just $7698.

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Australian films at the box office 2012