Box Office: small films shine as blockbusters fade

The entire box office is upended as blockbusters disappear and indies turn up on top, though the flicks have become an eccentric pleasure.

Icelandic film A White, White Day from Palace took a dive in its second weekend to make $37,000 off its 16 screens, up from 14, with an average of $2336 which is the best performing film on that basis in the top twenty.

As we noticed last week, new releases are doing surprisingly well in the current climate. Where’d You Go Bernadette made $62,000 in its first weekend propelled by Village. Even Filmink’s The Legend of the Five has made $109,000 in four weeks while Shirley gives Madman a tiny bounce with $57,000 in two weeks. Bellbird has $115,000 in three weeks under Transmission’s care.

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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.