Box Office: A Week of Fast Cars and Hidden Gems

This week at the Aussie box office we receive an object lesson in the disparity between commercial success and critical acclaim.

Hang on….. can you hear that? Is that… the sound of a million gays running to the cinema as fast as their platform sneakers and high heels and Blundstones and brogues (we are a diverse community) can carry them? It must be, because this week, the rebooted Charlie’s Angels hit the Aussie box office, featuring noted gay Kristen Stewart. Produced, directed, and written by Elizabeth Banks, this pulpy flick debuted on 390 screens, bringing in a screen average of $4,326, for a total taking of $1,687,043. This is a good result for the film, which had a lukewarm reception internationally; it grossed just USD $27.9 million, not even approaching its USD $40 million budget. Even so, Australian audiences clearly welcomed the remake with open arms. 

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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