Box Office: dark fantasies loosed over pandemic Xmas

This year the US is not a fount of soppy joy in the cinemas, even though the projects were greenlit long before Covid. Meanwhile, we have heat and dust.

There is an odd rule about Australian entertainment over the summer – we usually love stories about snow. By coincidence, this year we got into the holiday season with The Furnace, The Dry and Rams.

Rams lost around one in five of its screens in the last week, though 190 sites is still pretty handy. It dropped 23% of its weekend box office, down to $115k, and has taken $4.2m, a figure now regarded as heroic. 

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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.