Box Office: Australians hang in as tentpoles hoisted in multiplexes

Blockbusters movie tentatively into our cinemas, and grab the top slots, with serious qualifications.

As of Tuesday after a long weekend, the box office reports are telling us that the top of the chart has become unstable. 

Raya and the Last Dragon is in first slot, giving Disney a welcome run at mass interest. It has $1.45m off an opening day of $91k from 379 screens in 365 locations. That is the true multiplex template, though it is already available to stream in Australian on Disney+ Premier Access. It is also the first Disney film to be made almost completely from home. 

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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.