Box Office: Aussie films move the critics – what about the crowds?

As Christmas creeps into the box office, we take a look at whether audiences are feeling the festive spirit.

This week at the top of the box office, Emma Thompson goes backstage on the latest Christmas romance, Last Christmas. Thompson co-wrote and co-produced this seasonal favourite, which brought in a total of $2,202,916 across 393 screens in its first weekend, for a screen average of $5,605. Pretty good innings, for a film that Rolling Stone’s David Fear rather colourfully described as: ‘Incredibly, shockingly, monumentally bad. The kind of bad that falls somewhere between finding a lump of coal in your stocking and discovering one painfully lodged in your rectum.’ Ouch. 

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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