This Week at the Box Office: Crowds dig documentaries, but dog Disney

Let's take a look at the films topping the box office this week, from stirring docos, to the usual dog and hedgehog show.

You know, my favourite days in the box office are always the ones where I feel compelled to start over in limited release. We certainly have more than The Lighthouse (which brought in an average of $2,163 across 23 screens in its third week in release) this weekend. Over the weekend, In My Blood it Runs premiered to enthusiastic critical reception.

The film has been heralded as Gayby Baby director Maya Newell’s best work yet, and its audience certainly did its rave reviews justice. The delicate documentary elucidated the complex lives of an Arrernte family in Alice Springs on just 6 screens, but the film brought in a brilliant average of $9,186 per screen. That adds a box office taking of $55,115 in its debut weekend to its total takings, which now amount to $186,514, including prerelease and the festival circuit. Despite this cautious start (not an unreasonable approach for a documentary, which often struggle to draw crowds), we hope to see this stunning feature on more screens in the coming weeks.

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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