Australian Box Office Report: Beauty and the Beast remains a monster of a hit for the school holidays

Not surprising that the great reviews, great publicity and release around the school holiday period for Beauty And The Beast has earned this another no. 1 spot for this week.  Generating $4.96m, it has also made a total of $34m since its premiere.  It’s already the biggest release of the year so far, and has even beaten Disney’s biggest earner in 2016, Finding Dory, which made $32.5 million. Total earnings for Star Wars: Rouge One was split between 2016 and 2017, due to its release date.

The 2nd place title this week was in 4th place last week. The Boss Baby made $2.44m this week, and was a great addition to the school holiday period, with 14 extra screens added to its repertoire. The film has been a surprise hit around the world.

# Film Title Distributor Box Office
1 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (LIVE ACTION) WALT DISNEY 4,960,423
2 THE BOSS BABY FOX/DREAMWORKS 2,441,813
3 THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE WARNER BROS 1,765,335
4 GHOST IN THE SHELL PARAMOUNT 1,193,780
5 SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE SONY PICTURES 930,005
6 DANCE ACADEMY STUDIOCANAL 533,879
7 CHIPS WARNER BROS 443,351
8 POWER RANGERS ROADSHOW 426,244
9 LIFE SONY PICTURES 414,071
10 LOGAN FOX 361,172

While no new releases can be found in the top 5 this week (i.e. Dance Academy and Chips, sitting at nos. 6 and 7 respectively), quite a few of last week’s top 5 have moved around, except for Beauty and the Beast.  

Last week’s no. 2, The Lego Batman Movie, has moved down a spot this week to no. 3, earning $1.76m .  In just its 2nd weekend in theatres, it has already dropped off 94 screens nationwide, despite this being a family-friendly flick.

Similarly, Ghost In The Shell, last week at no. 3, now sits at no 4. on the box office ladder, earning $1.19m.  Whilst it remains on 423 screens, its screen average earnings have decreased from $5,018 in its opening weekend to $2,822 now.

The best performing film in the top 5 this week was Smurfs: The Lost Village.  It didn’t pass the million dollar mark like the earnings from the rest of the titles in the top 5, but it did move from 9th spot last week to 5th spot this week, making $930k.

Next week’s Box Office Report should see an appearance from The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise.  The newest film is also the first from the series since 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift that doesn’t star Paul Walker.  It does feature the other blonde bombshell, Scott Eastwood, so that’s always nice.  Muscles supplied by Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson.

All figures from The Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia and Box Office Mojo