Box Office: Peter Rabbit happy in the US as shark film slumps here

Playing With Sharks opens slowly, perhaps because the Australian audience doesn't realise the sheer wow factor of sharks in a cinema. Or maybe they do.

Peter Rabbit 2 has been on the loose in North America for nine days. It has made $27.13 million, with $8.24 million last weekend. It bounded out on Memorial Day Weekend with $13.5 million, so it dropped substantially, but that first weekend was pumped up by the holiday. All figures are in AU$.

Last week it was neck and neck with In the Heights, which has dropped much further to $5.61 million, probably because it is being streamed.

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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.