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    Box Office: Dystopian action-adventure The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes continues to engage audiences

    This weekend, the Australian box office made $9,571,053, down 19% from last week’s $11,597,209.

    Top Five

    It’s been touted as a “perfect masterpiece” Roadshow’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is continuing its reign at the Aussie box office, remaining in the top spot for another week. Even though it was down 25% from last week’s $2.4M, movie-goers spent their Summery weekend indoors, bringing in $1.8M. The film, which is the fifth instalment in the franchise, has now made over $17M in Australia.

    Coming in at number two for its second musically charged week was Universal’s Trolls Band Together. Bringing in almost $1.48M, the Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick-led film was down 13% and has now brought in $4.7M since its release.

    For its third week, Ridley Scott and Sony Pictures’ Napoleon came in at number three taking in just over $1.23M (down 40%) at the local box office. The epic retelling of the military commander’s origins has now taken $9.3M since charging into cinemas.

    Making its debut at number four was Sony and Studio Ghibli’s latest animated masterpiece The Boy and the Heron. While Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki’s new film is said to be his last, it came out swinging, bringing in $1.17M for Aussie cinemas.

    Taking the number five spot this week was Forum Distribution’s Animal, which is in its second week of release. The flick — which was directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga — took $1M (down 46%) and has now made $4.2M at the local box office.

    Top 6 – 10

    Other films in the top 10 this week were Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé (debut), Saltburn, Godzilla Minus One (debut), Silent Night and 12.12: The Day.

     

    TOP FIVE

    1. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – $1,847,738

    Years before he becomes the tyrannical president of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, remains the last hope for his fading lineage. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow becomes alarmed when he’s assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird from District 12. Uniting their instincts for showmanship and political savvy, they race against time to ultimately reveal who’s a songbird and who’s a snake.

    The film grossed $1,847,738, averaging $4,702 over 393 screens and has made $17,120,570 in Australian cinemas to date.

    2. Trolls Band Together – $1,494,106

    Poppy discovers that Branch and his four brothers were once part of her favourite boy band. When one of his siblings, Floyd, gets kidnapped by a pair of nefarious villains, Branch and Poppy embark on a harrowing and emotional journey to reunite the other brothers and rescue Floyd from a fate even worse than pop culture obscurity.

    The film grossed $1,494,106, averaging $3,435 over 435 screens and has made $4,787,525 in Australian cinemas to date.

    3. Napoleon – $1,236,537

    A look at the military commander’s origins and his swift, ruthless climb to Emperor, viewed through the prism of his addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine. Starring Joaquin PhoenixVanessa Kirby and Edouard Philipponnat.

    The film grossed $1,236,537, averaging $2,694 over 459 screens and has made $9,303,226 in Australian cinemas to date.

     

    4. The Boy and the Heron – $1,168,231

    Mahito, a young 12-year-old boy, struggles to settle in a new town after his mother’s death. However, when a talking heron informs Mahito that his mother is still alive, he enters an abandoned tower in search of her, which takes him to another world.

    The film grossed $1,168,231, averaging $5,563 over 210 screens.

    5. Animal – $1,069,097

    A son undergoes a remarkable transformation as the bond with his father begins to fracture, and he becomes consumed by a quest for vengeance.

    The film grossed $1,069,097, averaging $8,485 over 126 screens and has made $4,228,858 in Australian cinemas to date.

     

     
     

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