The school holiday box office for the top 20 movies was just over $20m on the weekend with Finding Dory and the new Central Intelligence accounting for just over half the total. For the past three weekends the total has nudged $20m or better.
#1 Finding Dory $5.53m
The Walt Disney Pixar release holds at the top for a third successive week with box office still over $5.5m. The release shed a few screens this week, dipping from 543 to 478 with the movie posting the second-best screen average of the weekend – $11,578. The film has grossed just over $30m to-date and could end up close to $40m before its moves to its next platform.
#2 Central Intelligence $4.80m
The action comedy starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart posted the weekend’s best screen average of $14,290 from its 336 screens. Its $4.8m opening weekend matched what Independence Day: Resurgence did last weekend.
#3 The BFG $2.67m
The Steven Spielberg adaptation of the Roald Dahl children’s classic is already touted by some as possibly the biggest flop of Spielberg’s career. Walt Disney opened the film in Australia on 433 screens with a screen average of $6,171. The movie continues Spielberg’s bromance with actor Mark Rylance with whom he worked so successfully on Bridge of Spies, which won the British actor an Oscar.
#4 Independence Day: Resurgence #2.08m
Takings halved on the movie’s second weekend yet it remained on over 450 screens (second only to Finding Dory) with a screen average of $4,604. The movie should creep past $10m in total later this week.
#5 Ice Age: Collision Course $1.62m
This is already the fifth instalment of the Ice Age franchise and the sequel to 2012’s Ice Age: Continental Drift. The movie had the lowest opening weekend haul of a major release since Florence Foster Jenkins did just under $900,000 and a screen average of $3,328 on the second weekend of May. Ice Age 5 managed a slightly better screen average of $4,190 from its 389 screens.