Australian Box Office Report: The Revenant‘s award praise helps it beat out Star Wars

While Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ time in the sun isn’t exactly over, it has been relegated to second spot this week as awards season pushes The Revenant over the line.

Earning a cool AU$3.6 million in its second week here, The Revenant was able to take advantage of Star Wars’ earlier opening as the space opera still earns an incredible AU$2.9 million in its fifth week.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has now entered third spot on the All Time Worldwide Gross list, trailing Titanic and Avatar. At this rate,  it could very well take top spot.

Goosebumps is delighting audiences nationwide with its entry at third spot and AU$2.8 million opening while The 5th Wave similarly opened with AU$2.1 million at fourth spot.

The Big Short opened this week too, making AU$1.7 million and in doing so knocked all those family films to the bottom three spots as school holidays wind down.

# Film Title Distributor Box Office
1 THE REVENANT FOX $3,619,458
2 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS WALT DISNEY $2,988,814
3 GOOSEBUMPS ROADSHOW $2,888,963
4 THE 5TH WAVE SONY PICTURES $2,184,952
5 SISTERS UNIVERSAL $2,162,471
6 THE BIG SHORT PARAMOUNT $1,790,278
7 DADDY’S HOME PARAMOUNT $1,631,243
8 ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: ROAD CHIP FOX $1,072,392
9 THE GOOD DINOSAUR WALT DISNEY $955,276
10 SNOOPY AND CHARLIE BROWN: THE PEANUTS MOVIE FOX $781,117

This week sees the official opening of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight after its exclusive limited opening in 70mm ready cinemas.

Also opening is comedy Dirty Grandpa starring Zac Efron and Robert Deniro; Six time Academy Award nominee Spotlight and Room which has nominated for four Academy Awards.