(Australian Associated Press)
It’s taken Leonardo DiCaprio’s brutal film The Revenant to knock Star Wars from its perch at the top of the Australian Box Office takings.
The Revenant, about the revenge of a frontiersman who is left for dead after a bear attack, took $3.619 million on its first weekend.
It was enough to roll Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2.988 million) which had owned the number one spot since its launch in mid-December.
Also making a solid start on its first week of release was Jack Black’s live-action, computer-animated horror comedy film Goosebumps. It was third after grossing $2.888 million.
Sci-fi thriller The 5th Wave ($2.184 million) landed in fourth spot on its first weekend of release while Amy Poehler and Tina Fey comedy Sisters slipped two places to fifth place ($2.162 million) in its second week.
Comedy-drama The Big Short, about housing market and credit bubble collapse in the USA which triggered the GFC in 2007/08, landed in sixth spot with $1.790 million in ticket sales.
It was enough to beat Daddy’s Home ($1.631 million) which finished just ahead of three children’s movies in the top 10.
Alvin and The Chipmunks: Road Chip ($1.072 million) held down eighth spot followed by The Good Dinosaur ($955,276) and Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie ($781, 117).
TOP 10 FILMS FOR THE WEEKEND JANUARY 14 TO 17:
1. The Revenant (Fox) – $3.619 million
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Walt Disney) – $2.988 million
3. Goosebumps (Roadshow) $2.888 million
4. The 5th Wave (Sony Pictures) – 2.184 million
5. Sisters (Universal) – $2.162 million
6. The Big Short (Paramount) – 1.790 million
7. Daddy’s Home (Paramount) – $1.631 million
8. Alvin and The Chipmunks: Road Chip (Fox) – $1.072 million
9. The Good Dinosaur (Walt Disney) – $955,276
10. Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (Fox) – $781,117
* Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia