Box Office: Teens with knives beat rams with horns

Rams tipped off the top of the list! Tenet back and snarling! What gives?

Freaky is now on top, providing $586,000 to exhibitors in its first week off 266 screens. This is another US$5m low budget comedy horror which starts with a serial killer preying on teenagers and gets genuinely imaginative when they start swapping bodies. Even so the average is still under $3000/screen.

Tenet went up by 496% to take $579,000 over the weekend over 149 screens. 

Our beloved Rams is down to number three, having lost 25% to take it to $503,000 and $2.9m in total over three weeks. 

Victorians are coming back into the cinemas. Tenet has only gained three screens in total. But there has been a significant shuffle because it gained 47 theatres which says it lost the multiple screens in multiplexes and picked up a lot of singles in Victoria. And the pent up demand was mostly for Tenet. Rams gained 58 venues and 32 screens, but the average was $180/screen. The reason being the COVID limitations on session numbers, particularly in Melbourne. 

Rams is still leading Honest Thief which has done very well in the US, since it has Liam Neeson, some jokes, some action and is described in that market as kid friendly. It is an MA here. ‘Very well’ has its special Covid movie meaning of better than nothing; it opened on top with US$3m. 

Brazen Hussies, the feature doc about the feminist movement, is now on 27 screens after gaining five from the Victorian relaxation. In its second week it has made a total of $52,000. 

Read more: Brazen Hussies celebrates the living history of Australian feminism.

Dirt Music has halved its number of cinemas to 40, and has taken $600,000 in six week, without much of a bump in Victoria. Baby Teeth, up 11 theatres to reach $9,000 over the weekend, up from $278. Which is obviously the Vic effect. Total is now $383,000 and may even high $400,000. 

Baby Done, the cheerful NZ comedy said to be a hoot is slipping away fast. Half the number of theatres to 36, weekend take down by 61% to $7,000 with a total box office of $171,000. 

Again, we like it. 

Read more: Baby Done is delightful and real

We pick our reviewers carefully. They understand the shows they write about but they are not pushovers.

While we focus on the Australian streaming opportunities, the Europeans are happily building their own systems. The UK has Yourscreen, while Artekino has ten films across Europe in December, Europe on Screen is streaming into Indonesia and New Zealand owned Shift72 is pushing its service hard, looking like Vimeo on steroids. 

David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.