Box Office: Babyteeth chomps on grimly as wild old men duel for dosh

Bad Boy Russell Crowe is bankable while Mel Gibson flops as a famed art connoisseur. The young makers of Babyteeth know the future belongs to them.

Babyteeth is down to 37 screens on weekend four, which made $695/screen, a loss of 34 per cent on last weekend. Total take is $215,000. It was released in the US on four screens and made around $7000, while the Czech republic ran it to make about $77,000. Box Office Mojo claims it has made $270,000 altogether. In the US it is on Vudu and Google Play.

To all the naysayers who are mocking Australian movies once again, Babyteeth is a challenge. It is executive produced by Jan Chapman, who has a genius record in her own right, the producer Alex White is a force, director Shannon Murphy is gifted in film and theatre, the cast contains Eliza Scanlen, Toby Wallace, Emily Barclay, Eugene Gilfidder, Essie Davis and Ben Mendelsohn. It had heavy agency involvement, Entertainment One was on board and Universal handles the distribution. The critics love it, the pic has transgenerational appeal and audiences get a tough-minded but happy ending. It ran well at the Venice and London Film Festivals.

Unlock Padlock Icon

Unlock this content?

Access this content and more

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.