Box Office: Guardians Of The Galaxy passes $23m

New releases can’t catch Guardians Of The Galaxy which passes $23m

The weekend box office of $12.44m was the smallest weekend gross for seven weeks. The drop week-on-week for the top 20 movies was 42%. Two new releases made it into the top five but there was just one movie over $2m.

#1 Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 $4.99m

The box office champ for the past two weekends shed 71 screens to 634 as its screen average dropped from $12,222 to $7,875. After just short of two weeks in cinemas since its Anzac Day release, the movie has racked up $23.06m. The Walt Disney release needs to find just under another $4m to pass the earnings of the first Guardians.

#2 Get Out $1.89m

This low budget US horror film featuring an interracial couple premiered at Sundance earlier this year. It has proven to be a good investment for distributor Universal with box office over $200m after a budget reportedly just over $4m. The film has taken a total of $2.83m here with $1.89m of that across the weekend and the extra from earlier previews. It opened on 345 screens with a screen average of $5,494.

#3 A Dog’s Purpose $1.20m

The American drama-comedy is directed by ABBA music video maker turned Swedish cinema director Lasse Hallström and has taken a while to open here after a January release in the US. The film opened on 271 screens with a screen average of $4,445.

#4 The Fate Of The Furious $928,000

Just under $1m for weekend four, which means the earnings slowed 46% as the movie total sits on $27.35m. The release disappeared off 134 screens to 292 last week leading to the screen average dropping to $3,181.

#5 Going In Style $580,556

The Zach Braff-directed US heist comedy makes what will probably be its last top five appearance with earnings down 30% on the weekend and a screen average of $2,399 from 242 screens. The movie should pass $4m some time this week.

Just outside of the top five were the two different language versions of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. Between them the two versions took $787,000 which would have pushed the film into the top five. The two movies have different distributors. Eros Australia’s Hindi version did $534,000 while the Southern Star Tamil/Telegu/Malayalam version did $253,000. The Hindi version had a cracking screen average of $10,482 from its 51 screens.

Beauty And The Beast tumbled out of the top five this week, but it still finds a home in the top 10 with a total earn of $47.03m.

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