Box Office: A Star is Born soars in first week

Mediaweek digital editor Trent Thomas examines the Australian box office numbers from last weekend.

With the school holidays officially over, the Australian box office has begun to correct itself with a 16% decrease from last weekend bringing in a total of $12.79m.

Despite the decline in overall revenue, A Star is Born enjoyed a big opening weekend as it grabbed top spot off the back of the star power of Bradley Cooper and Lady GaGa.

There was only one other change to the top five this week as Ladies in Black rejoined the top money makers, taking the spot of Johnny English Strikes Again, which slid down to sixth. Holiday favourite Smallfoot dropped from #3 to seventh spot.

#1 A Star is Born $6.01m

The fourth version of the 1937 film of the same name was well received by Australian audiences, generating more than triple the revenue of any other film this weekend, thanks to a $11,209 average across 537 screens.

#2 Venom $1.95

Despite almost breaking the two million mark in its third week in cinemas, Sony’s Marvel film found itself in second spot this week after producing an average of $4,606 through 424 screens. The Tom Hardy vehicle has amassed a strong overall total of $18.82 million in Australian cinemas.

#3 First Man $1.11m

The Neil Armstrong biopic slipped to third in its second week in cinemas after a 52% decline in revenue, producing an average of $3,264 on 342 screens.

#4 Bad Times at the El Royale $600,411

The star-studded neo-noir thriller stayed in fourth spot after a 51% decline on the previous weekend, bringing home an average of $2,512 on 239 screens.

#5 Ladies in Black $537,787

After five weeks in cinemas the Australian comedy drama found itself back in the top five after spending the previous week at #6. With an average of $1,669 across 321 screens, it cracked the ten million dollar mark with its Australian box office total.

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