This Week At The Box Office: Who gets the last laugh?

With the school holidays behind us, it looks like cinemagoers are done with the cartoons and ready for some good old fashioned sex and violence.

 Hustlers made a big play in its first week on Aussie screens, bringing in a screen average of $7,662 across 368 screens. The Joker still had the last laugh, though, holding the top spot with an overall weekend taking of $7,439,024 in its second week in release. That’s a screen average of $13,751 over 541 screens. 

Speaking of things getting crazier out there, Ang Lee’s confounding latest, Gemini Man, debuted just behind Hustlers. The action thriller brought in $4,091 across 370 screens, for a total taking of $1,513,794, Proving once more that all people really want is to see Will Smith and a lot of explosions, and everything else is set-dressing,

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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