Box Office: Chloé Zhao laughs at the critics

In a generally dreary weekend, Eternals creates its own drama by beating the naysayers around the world.
Superhero woman watches pensively

Chloé Zhao is a favourite arthouse director whose Nomadland took $4.8 million in Australia even through the first outbreak of COVID last year. While she made this film she was prepping for Eternals, a superhero movie based on a dustier corner of the Marvel storyworld. [All figures in AU$.]

The critics have not been kind across both the arthouse and blockbuster publications, particularly in the US. ‘No place for nuance’, seems to be the general verdict.

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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.