Box office: Victorians rush for Chinese tentpole as a defective robot sidles in

At last, we offer the box office results for the whole country. No joyful riots because there isn't much to watch.
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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is impossible to dislodge from its top slot in our domestic market. Over the last three weekends it rose from $548,000 to $1.44 million as Sydney cinemas opened, then dropped to $1.15 million as that pent up demand disappeared, and then rose again to $1.62 million as the Victorians raced back into their picture palaces.

Last week the second slot was held by Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel with $821,000; this week Halloween Kills, the latest episode in that scares franchise, opened with $1.40 million. We are now back to wide releases of around 380 screens for the top four films, though the push has not helped The Last Duel.

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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.