Box Office: Who’s Drawing Crowds During The Season of the Witch?

Bad guys are up on top this week in the Aussie box office, but limited release tells a different story.

Let’s start with the obvious: The Joker is still getting crowds. In its third week in release, the latest DC adaptation may not have thrilled critics, but it seems to be thrilling crowds. The bad guy blockbuster showed on 443 screens – 98 fewer than last week – to bring in $4,354,011 overall. That might be a 41% drop in revenue from last week, but it still constitutes a screen average of $9,828.

As we creep closer to Halloween, cinemagoers of all ages have plenty of frightening flicks to choose from. Maleficient: Mistress of Evil debuted at #2, spooking kids and critics alike across 467 screens. Overall, its first weekend on Australian screens saw the witchy sequel bring in $2,526,811, making for a comfortable $5,411 screen average. 

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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