Australian box office – The toys have it

Much like the recently demoted Kevin Rudd, Shrek Forever After has been knocked out of the top spot at the local box office by the spunky Toy Story 3 (which, somewhat prophetically, features a redheaded lass). Here are the box office results for the period June 24-27.

1. Toy Story 3 [480 screens/ $15,434]
WKND = $7,408,201 / TOTAL = $7,532,961
2. Shrek Forever After [450 screens/ $6,199]
WKND = $2,789,699 / TOTAL = $13,396,460
3. Grown Ups [228 screens/ $12,119]
WKND = $2,763,244 / TOTAL = $2,763,244
4. Get Him To The Greek [202 screens/ $7,364]
WKND = $1,487,506 / TOTAL = $5,700,103
5. Sex and the City 2 [386 screens/ $3,329]
WKND = $1,285,120 / TOTAL = $21,574,398
6. The A-Team [259 screens/ $3,737]
WKND = $967,913 / TOTAL = $8,350,262
7. Animal Kingdom [78 screens/ $5,482]
WKND = $427,629 / TOTAL = $3,164,633
8. Prince of Persia – The Sands of Time [135 screens/ $2,101]
WKND = $283,696 / TOTAL = $10,084,215
9. Marmaduke[109 screens/ $1,928]
WKND = $210,155 / TOTAL = $332,618
10. I Am Love [20 screens/ $9,806]
WKND = $196,119 / TOTAL = $196,119

A glut of family films are clamouring for the attention of all those school children now on holidays. However, not even last week’s victor Shrek Forever After could compete with the behemoth that is Pixar’s Toy Story 3. The Adam Sandler & Friends comedy Grown Ups debuted in 3rd place with an unimpressive $2.7 million. Despite Grown Ups’ family friendly PG rating, it barely out-grossed the opening weekend of the MA-rated Get Him To The Greek (which is riding steady word of mouth to a solid final tally). Marmaduke turned out to be a bit of a barker, with early preview screenings almost unattended. I Am Love drew in the art-house crowd for a top 10 debut, while Animal Kingdom continues its impressive run. AK is now the 4th highest grossing Aussie film of the year (behind Bran Nue Dae, Wog Boy 2 and Beneath Hill 60), although it’s possible that it could outgross all three as it continues to expand across the country.

To see the top 20 films at the Australian box office, head on over to Urban Cinefile.

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