This week at the box office: Does ‘Good Boys’ go bad?

School holidays are here, with new offerings for children and man-children alike pushing Australian features out of the charts.

Ad Astra made its Australian debut on 364 screens, bringing in a total of $1,947,761 in its first weekend. That’s a tasty screen average of $5,351, but the space flick didn’t do quite so astronomically as Downton Abbey, which retained its place at #1 by almost $300,000, despite a slew of new releases. Showing on 452 screens this weekend, down from 502 last weekend, the period drama brought in $2,256,068 over the weekend. 

The Angry Birds Movie 2 dropped from #3 to #6, still bringing in a screen average of $2,565 over 359 screens, amounting to a contribution of $920,750 to its overall takings of just over $2.7 million. It’s closely followed by two kid-friendly features in Abominable, which rode the school holidays wave into a screen average of $3,309 across 277 screens in its first week in the cinema, and Dora and the Lost City of Gold, which premiered on 264 screens to a screen average of $277. 

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Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob