Box Office: 2 Frozen 2 Furious

This week in the box office promises old school mysteries and frosty adventures. How did Australian films do?

In case you or your child needs a cool down over the summer months, Frozen 2 has debuted, unsurprisingly, at the top of the charts! And what a chart-topper it is. Showing on a monstrous 768 screens, the frosty film brought in a diabolical $12,666 per screen. Given that the film is smashing box office records the world over, a debut weekend in Australia of $9,727,620 is, I guess, not unexpected – in fact, the numbers are slightly lower than the Joker‘s debut weekend. Still, I predict that this one will stick around as the summer holidays kick off. In fact, I’m going to guess it takes six weeks for another film to dethrone our seasonal princesses, and take the top spot in the charts. Let’s check back in the new year to see if I got close.

Rian Johnson’s murder mystery romp, Knives Out, also made an excellent box office premiere, as well as delighting critics. The old-school whodunnit brought in an average of $7,920 across its 276 screens, for a total weekend taking of $2,185,972. Apart from the positive reviews, I think this film’s success makes a lot of sense, given the time of year; what could be instil more festive cheer than an Agatha-Christie inspired murder? No? Just me?

As a rule the box office is looking pretty slow this week; Ford V. Ferrari is still bringing an average of $3,436 across its remaining 347 screens. It’s total box office takings, after three weeks in release, are sitting pretty at $7,303,504 – which also helps put Frozen 2’s enormous box office success into perspective.

Ride like a Girl might be on its last legs, but it’s still holding onto a place in the charts; the film is still showing on 71 screens, and added an additional $31,280 to its total takings of $11,483,998. Truly a champion’s run. 

Over in limited release, art reigns supreme; after Magnum Films Two Tigers, which brought in an average of $3,948 across its twenty screens, we see two new releases that track art and artistry. Mrs Lowry & Son is a moving portrait of the painter LS Lowry and his relationship with his mother; it showed on 43 screens, and brought in an average of $1,109, for a total weekend taking of $47,703. Showing on 38 screens was another artistic showing, in Hermitage: The Power of Art. This all-ages documentary takes the viewer through Russia’s Hermitage museum, and brought in an average of just $1078, for a debut weekend taking of $40,965. 

At Screenhub, we’re also particularly happy to see Happy Sad Man back in the limited release top 20.Now in its fifth week in release, this lovely, understated film is still on 11 screens, and popped back into the charts with a screen average of $574, which adds a weekend taking of $6,309 to its overall taking of $40,116.

To finish up, let’s check in with Parasite Watch 2019:  in its 23rd week in release, Bong Joon Ho’s wildly popular comedy is still in the charts! Showing now in 10 screens, as opposed to last week’s 8, the film still added $17,587 to its total box office taking of $1,889,720. I guess slow and steady really does win the race. 

Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob