Neala Johnson, The Herald Sun, reports
The Australian box office was down 25 per cent overall on the weekend, the second consecutive drop after an Easter high.
Zac Efron’s The Lucky One was the only new entry to dent the Top 10.
Streetdance 2 landed at No.12 and the Aung San Suu Kyi biopic The Lady (showing on 23 screens) came in at No.15.
TOP 10 FILMS AT THE AUSSIE BOX OFFICE:
1. THE LUCKY ONE (M)
Zac Efron promo trip leads to a bigger opening than fellow Nicholas Sparks adaptations Dear John ($1.7 million), The Notebook ($1.6 million) and Nights in Rodanthe ($1.4 million). The Lucky One enters at No.2 in the US with $21.8 million, the second best debut there for a Sparks movie behind Dear John.
2. BATTLESHIP (M)
Barmy blockbuster drops 45 per cent on second weekend, but still does decent figures. Total up to $7.6 million; $125.7 million worldwide. Opens in the US on May 18.
3. AMERICAN PIE: REUNION (MA15+)
About to pass $50 million in US. Here, is heading towards $13 million – by far the film’s best territory outside the US. Russia is next with $9.3 million.
4. THE HUNGER GAMES (M)
Aussie gross is $28.4 million after five weeks; that’s $1.2 million ahead of the most recent Twilight film at the same stage of release. Worldwide total sits at $555 million.
5. DR SEUSS’ THE LORAX (G)
Holiday hit lost 94 screens once the kids went back to school. Next big animations coming our way include a 3D do-over of Beauty and the Beast on May 3 and Pixar’s Brave on June 21.
6. THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (PG)
A small 23 per cent drop (compared to the 30 and 40 per cent falls elsewhere in the Top 10). Comparable title Salmon Fishing in the Yemen drops 21 per cent – but that much smaller release (93 screens compared to 263 for Best Exotic) has slipped out of the Top 10 after three weeks.
7. TITANIC 3D (M)
Re-release took a staggering $65 million in its first week in China.
8. PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS (G)
A long seven years after their last stop-motion animation film Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were Rabbit, Aardman still prove a big draw. Pirates! doesn’t have the built-in audience of Wallace & Gromit. After three weeks in 2005, that film had taken $7.4 million. Pirates! is up to $5.6 million.
9. MIRROR MIRROR (PG)
Julia Roberts’ last “big” film Eat Pray Love grossed just under $12 million in late 2010. Mirror Mirror is on its way out with $5.7 million.
10. 21 JUMP STREET (MA15+)
Sony Pictures in Australia deliver big figures ($14.4 million) for another mid-range title. They’ve also done well with The Vow and Friends with Benefits in recent times.