Box Office continues dire with small rays of light

The Secret Garden looks like a gentle fantasy world for kids and adults alike as everything else melts before our very eyes. Total box office for the weekend was around $5m compared to $20m for the same time last year.

The Trolls World Tour collided with the nation’s school kids last weekend, gaining twenty screens to 283, taking an extra 46% so it ran a screen average of $3761, took $730,000 and pushed the cumulative total to almost $5m. That is unusual in week three if a film’s run, but the sticky fingerprints and puddles of sugary stuff show the resigned exhibitors why.

The total box office for the weekend is stumbling around at around $5m, as compared to $20m for the same period last year. By now the industry is desperate for the Victorians to come back on stream, since it is the heart of the indy sector, which is the only piece getting any moments of glory at all.

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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.