Box Office: Nitram faces hunger for fun flicks, hangs on grimly

Nitram has a hard time, while exhibitors left behind in US rush to grow audience confidence.
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Nitram will be a hard sell under any circumstances, but the hunger for sheer fun is palpable as isolated audiences turn out for the sound of strangers laughing and gasping at the same time. Now in its third week, Nitram has taken all of $210,000 off 63 screens. That number went up by 8 as Madman saw NSW picture palaces take it on, to bring the weekend take up by 57% to $54,000.

Last weekend it took a horrifying $35,000 despite increasing screens from 41 to 55. However, the equally bleak Kurzel debut feature Snowtown opened on 16 screens to make $169,000 on the way to a total of $1.13 million a decade ago. So grim fare makes for slim pickings under any conditions.

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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.

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