Box Office: return of the Oz film box office drought, slowly

Local films are dribbling away, sadly, though there is not much competition.

The Dry has slipped to number three in the weekend returns list, down 27% to $463k. losing 27 screens to 306. At $18.83m, it will still take six weeks or so to make $20m, which seems less likely even though exhibitors are being kind.

Penguin Bloom is at number five, with $293k and a total of $6.82m. High Ground is at number eight with $169k and $2.52m altogether. Long Story Short took $75k, for a total of $694k.

Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra in week two made $24k off 85 screens, to add up to $140k. We had hoped for better but it could have a long run.

Blasting into the top slot is a core Madman offer, Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yalba – The Movie: Mugen Train. 201 screens, $1.86m.

The Little Things and Boss Level crept in too.

The manga film is Japanese, is at the top of the Korean charts and is on US$7.74m in four weeks.



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.