Box Office: Third lowest since May, school holidays yet to kick in

School holidays yet to kick in, Pets & Bridget Jones lead with close to $3m each


A box office boost from school holidays has yet to kick in with the $13.80m take over the weekend the third lowest box office haul since the last weekend of May. Box office for each of the previous two weekends was over $14m.

#1 The Secret Life of Pets $3.41m

After four weeks on the chart, the Universal movie has lifted back to top spot where it has been for three of those four weeks. While school holidays didn’t see a box office surge, the film did manage to only drop 3% week-on-week after dipping 27% the weekend prior. Pets had the weekend’s best screen average with $6,987 from its 489 screens. So far the movie has earned $17.89m with a bit yet to come.

#2 Bridget Jones’s Baby $2.81m

The third instalment of the franchise passed $10m this weekend with a second-best screen average of $6,139 after shedding 24 screens to 459.

#3 Sully $1.66m

The biographical drama passed $9m on its third weekend in cinemas with a screen average of $5,377.

#4 Storks $1.32m

The 3D animated adventure comedy comes from Warner Animation and is part-funded by James Packer’s RatPac Entertainment. Voices on the project, which was the weekend’s biggest release, includeKelsey Grammer and Jennifer Aniston. The movie opened on 256 screens with a screen average just over $5,000.

#5 Pete’s Dragon $1.04m

The last of the weekend’s movies to crack $1m now has a total just over $3m after two weekends in release. With the film still screening on 369 screens, the screen average of $2,837 was a little disappointing.

Best of the rest: The release of Snowden just missed the top #5. Sitting at #6 the movie opened with $551,000 but with a more respectable screen average of $5,624 from just 98 screens.

The Magnificent Seven had a handful of preview screenings, earning $229,000.

Suicide Squad remains the biggest movie in the top 20. It pushed its total higher by $221,000 on the weekend to $33.80m.

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