Box office – Space Jam tops, but figures well down

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Loony Toons gang

Top of the pops at the Australian box office this week is Space Jam: A New Legacy, a hybrid animation/live-action pic being described in Hollywood as state of the art for the form and hugely better than the original, which is a decade old. It is officially in its first week but the previews made $5.1 million so the total is now $8.7 million, bulked up by the use of basketball star LeBron James.

But let’s say it loud and proud – Peter Rabbit has much better fur than Bugs Bunny. Experts would argue that the Loony Tunes references for the original feisty wabbit have hard edges but we don’t care. The American bunny looks like it is made of old felt.

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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.