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.