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    Box Office: Garfield swipes the top spot with $2.9M opening

    This weekend, the Australian box office made $10,146,686, up +20% from last week’s $8,445,443.

    TOP 5

    1. The Garfield Movie – $2,965,489 (debut)

    Sony’s newest iteration of the Monday-hating, lasagna-loving cat is voiced by Chris Pratt, who is now known as Garfield, Star-Lord in the MCU and the voice of Mario in the Super Mario animated films. Coming in first place this week, The Garfield Movie took $2,965,489 in its first week, averaging $7,198 over 412 screens.

    Synopsis: After an unexpected reunion with his long-lost father, the street cat Vic, Garfield is forced to leave his very comfortable life with Harald behind. Together with Vic and Odie, he plans a crazy robbery.

    2. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga – $2,290,614 (1) 

    Warner Bros. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is its newest entry into the Australian set, post-apocalyptic franchise. Directed by George Miller, the film is a prequel to 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, a film that was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won 6 of them. In a running theme for the 2024 box office, this film was also partially shot in Australia, with some filming taking place in the small NSW towns of Hay and Silverton. Coming in second place this week, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga took $2,290,614 in its second week, averaging $4,431 over 517 screens.

    Total Australian Box Office Gross to date: $6,575,138

    Synopsis: Snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers, young Furiosa falls into the hands of a great biker horde led by the warlord Dementus. Sweeping through the Wasteland, they come across the Citadel, presided over by the Immortan Joe. As the two tyrants fight for dominance, Furiosa soon finds herself in a nonstop battle to make her way home.

    3. IF – $1,313,825 (2)

    Actor and Director John Krasinski is taking off his horror (A Quiet Place) directing cap and putting on his family/comedic directing cap with Paramount’s IF. The film took $1,313,825 in its third week, averaging $3,732 over 352 screens.

    Total Australian Box Office Gross to date: $6,743,562

    Synopsis: After discovering she can see everyone’s imaginary friends, a girl embarks on an adventure to reconnect forgotten IFs with their kids.

    4. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes – $1,069,548 (3)

    Disney’s Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is the brand new entry in the Apes franchise. While set 300 years after the reboot trilogy and featuring an entirely new cast of characters, the film is set in the same universe and references old characters from the trilogy. Similar to The Fall Guy, some filming took place at Disney Studios in Sydney and also in the Illawarra. Coming in fourth place this week, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes took $1,069,548 in its fourth week, averaging $3,174 over 337 screens.

    Total Australian Box Office Gross to date: $10,527,761

    Synopsis: Under the direction of Wes Ball, the global franchise breathes new life into a future era post-Caesar, where apes reign in harmony while humans exist in the shadows.

    5. The Fall Guy – $580,547 (4)

    Universal’s The Fall Guy, starring Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt, is the latest film from Bullet Train director David Leitch. It was mostly shot in Sydney at Disney Studios, located near Centennial Park and even shut down the Sydney Harbour Bridge to film an adrenaline-pumping chase scene. Dropping to fifth place this week, The Fall Guy took $580,547 in its sixth week, averaging $2,250 over 258 screens.

    Total Australian Box Office Gross to date: $13,228,177

    Synopsis: After leaving the business one year earlier, stuntman Colt Seavers springs back into action when the star of a big studio movie suddenly disappears.

    Top 6 – 10

    6. Haikyu!! The Dumpster Battle
    7. Unsung Hero
    8. The Way, My Way
    9. The Strangers: Chapter 1
    10. Challengers

    The post Box Office: Garfield swipes the top spot with $2.9M opening appeared first on Mediaweek.

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