Box Office: Animal trio dominates sales

Big monkey holds top spot, Peppa Pig’s Aussie holiday top 5, Lion won’t stop roaring


It is all about animals this week.

The second weekend of Kong: Skull Island tops the chart for a second week. Just one new release opened on more than 200 screens, Peppa Pig‘s first movie, and although not reaching $1m, it managed a spot in the top five.

Lion won’t stop roaring either as it hangs in the top five, ready to pass another milestone.

Weekend box office of $10.55m was the lowest weekend of the year, tumbling below $11.96m earned on the first weekend of February. Weekend ticket sales were down 26% week-on-week.

#1 Kong: Skull Island $3.13m

The latest of a long line of movies about the mythical big monkey has so far taken close to quarter of a billion US dollars with Australia contributing over $10m by the end of this week. Kong: Skull Island shed 128 screens this week to 395 with its screen average down from $11,759 to $7,993 weekend-on-weekend.

#2 Logan $2.88m

The last of the Wolverine offerings will pass $20m in this market later this week as it holds on just over 400 screens with its screen average down from $19,994 to $6,939. The third weekend take was down 36% from its second weekend.

#3 Hidden Figures $1.06m

The movie has now climbed above $15m in five weeks as it held over $1m with takings down 20% from last weekend. Its screen average from 314 screens (down 25 this week) was $3,384,

#4 Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience: Peppa’s Australian Holiday $814,000

No school holidays yet as the animated movie opened on 251 screens to $3,246 per screen. That added up to a weekend debut of $814,000, which was the best of the new arrivals.

A Cure For Wellness is the only other biggish opening (153 screens) and did $352,000.

#5 Lion $533,000

After an incredible nine weeks in release this is the lowest the film has ranked on the box office chart. It managed over half a million dollars on the weekend. Although that represented a drop of 18%, it was the best ticket sales retention of any film in the top 20. Lion remains on 252 screens with a screen average heading toward $2,000 after peaking over $16,000 on its first two weekends of release. The movie will pass $29m some time this week which means it will be closing in on the all-time Aussie box office #4 champ, George Miller’s Happy Feet, which took $31.78m.

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