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Box Office 17 April 2017 - Easter weekend

David Tiley

Box Office 17 April 2017 - Easter weekend

The exhibition business chock full of puzzles. Like, why is this film not doing well in the box office? Image: still from trailer for Colossal. 

These figures don't cover Easter Monday which will show up as a bump next week.

Lion made it to $29,386,826. So near and yet so far. The ultimate figures? $68.44m in the US, $19.31m in the UK, $14.75m in France, $5.78m in Italy, $5.03m in Germany, while New Zealanders contributed $3.92m, followed by Israel with  $3.85m and The Netherlands on $2.4m.

In India it took $602,000. They obviously didn't like it. 

The world wide total is $179m. 

Dance Academy is generating mixed messages. $1.481m altogether in two holiday weeks but down to $1338/screen on its 214 screens. It followed Beauty and the Beast into the market, presumably hoping to catch the kids who had already seen it, but it probably didn't have trailers running with the Disney flick. I bet they wanted a lot more. 

The Fate of the Furious blasted onto 697 screens at $14,452/screen to give Universal a box office figure of $12.7m. In the US it took $142.5m and make $723m around the world, with $257m of that coming from China. 

According to Box Office Mojo, the US figure is not quite a record for a three day weekend, but the international figure beats previous winner Jurassic World by US$120m. That means the worldwide number is a record, beating Star Wars: The Force Awakens by a mere US$3m.

The reason of course is China.  It is pretty clearly the highest grossing opening ever  in China. The most successful Chinese release over its whole season is The Mermaid which did $4.4m in the US but $700m in its home country. The Chinese opening weekend for The Mermaid was $160m, almost $200m less than The Fate of the Furious.

Second highest altogether on the Chinese chart is Monster Hunt, which ultimately made $512m, all but $5m of which came from its domestic market. First weekend? $142m. 

The highest grossing film in China which is not local is Furious Seven, which ultimately made $520m in China and took $142m in its first weekend. 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens only did $70m in its opening weekend in China and $165m altogether.

Here is a handy chart - 


The Chinese are very fond of their own blockbusters, which beat the world but perform wretchedly outside China. But some US films, like the Fast and Furious films, are doing better in China than the US and would much less impressive without that market. We don't know how much the producers actually make out of that market. 

In Australia, Beauty and the Beast has done $40.3m in four weeks, lost 139 screens to all of 588 this weekend, and took another $3m, to sustain a screen average of $6727. Logan is up to $24m in seven weeks, while Boss Baby is on $16.3m on four weeks. Kong: Skull Island has made $13m in six weeks. 

The unexpected success of Hidden Figures still puts some of the true tentpoles to shame. Now on $17.2m after nine weeks but falling fast. 

Ghost in the Shell continues to underwhelm with $5.3m in three weeks on 250 screens, down from 423. With a mere $50m in the US, it has taken $38m in China to make it a bit more respectable. The budget, however, is said to be $146m so DreamWorks, Reliance, Arad Productions, The Shanghai Film Corporation and Huahua Media will not be thrilled. 

Down in the indy market, animation A Silent Voice has made $450,000 which will make Madman happy, if perhaps a bit stunned. It is not big on the usual attractors for anime like fantasy, storylines and ace visuals. 

Middled aged romance film from France, The Country Doctor, has made almost $300,000 while the sombre but valorised Frantz is down on $85,000.

Expect Colossal to pick up beyond its $65,000 in one week on 21 screens. It is a hoot and the trailer is remembered by film audiences. It is also instructive for filmmakers. It is a very clever idea, is convincing despite its silliness, adds up to an interesting metaphor, has great grown up characters and is a homage to Asian monster films. It cost an estimated US$15m but in the US is running in 98 cinemas after ten days, having made around $1m. 

It could be a genuine sleeper. 

About the author

David Tiley is the editor of Screen Hub.