Mad Bastards posts modest opening at the Australian Box Office

Indigenous drama Mad Bastards posted a modest opening at the Australian Box Office over the weekend.

The Brendan Fletcher film, distributed by Paramount/Transmission, took in $81,597 nationwide across 27 screens, giving it a screen average of $3022.

The film, starring non-actors, follows TJ – a hard-edged aboriginal who travels north from Perth in search of his son. Upon his arrival, TJ is confronted by the equally tough local cop Texas. And so begins a story about hard men battling to do the right thing by their family.

It had a positive response from both critics and theatre-goers at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

In other films, Fast and Furious 5 and Thor continued their dominance Down Under in their third week.

Fast and Furious 5, which provided Universal Pictures Australia with their biggest opening week for a film ever, made another $1.84 million across 349 screens. Although this was down 55 per cent on last week, it has netted $21.6 million in total.

Paramount’s Thor, starring our own Chris Hemsworth, continued its run in second spot, taking a further $1.7 million, from 387 screens. It's now made almost $15 million in Australia.

Hopscotch flick Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, made an impressive $1.5 million from 201 screens, giving it a screen average of $7566 in its first weekend.

Taking out the top five was Hoyts' Something Borrowed, which made $1.4 million from 249 screens in its first weekend, while Warner Bros' Arthur took in $476,469 across 222 screens.

See the April/May copy of IF Magazine for a full feature on Mad Bastards and Thor.

 Opening w/e
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Wasted On The Young
Griff The Invisible
The Reef
Pinnacle Films
A Heartbeat Away
Mad Bastards

Source: IF, MPDAA