You know that the natural order of the world has been restored when a film featuring sexy time does better than a film about a man searching for his birth mother. Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, premiered in theatres this weekend and promptly took its place at the top of the box office charts, bringing in an impressive $6.16m in its opening week. It’s available at just over 600 screens nationwide, putting it in the same ballpark as Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (November 2016) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (released December 2016).
In Dakota Johnson’s sex-crazed wake lies Lion, now in 2nd place on the box office ladder. Still earning a huge $2.44m almost a month after its release, the critically acclaimed film (just enjoying some BAFTA success) is on track to be in the top 10 of Australian-produced box office successes (for comparison’s sake, this will sit alongside films like Crocodile Dundee, Babe and Mad Max).
|#||Film Title||Distributor||Box Office|
|1||FIFTY SHADES DARKER||UNIVERSAL||6,164,803|
|5||LA LA LAND||ENTERTAINMENT ONE||512,849|
|6||MANCHESTER BY THE SEA||UNIVERSAL||411,235|
|7||XXX 3: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE||PARAMOUNT||387,231|
|10||RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER||SONY PICTURES||288,554|
The James McAvoy thriller Split has also dropped down the box office ladder, from no. 2 last week to no. 3 this week. It earned $1.61m this week, ahead, again, of Patriots Day, which also dropped this week. Sitting at no. 3 last week, it is now at no. 4 and earned $719k at the box office.
We should see Matt Damon’s epic The Great Wall and Taraji P. Henson’s Hidden Figures, on the box office ladder next week. Like Lion, the latter has earned quite a few award nominations and wins.
All figures from The Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia and Box Office Mojo.