Box Office: Barbie is finally dethroned as The Equalizer 3 takes the top spot

The Equalizer 3

Barbie breaks a Warner Bros. record

This weekend, the Australian box office made $11,492,899, down 4% from last week’s $11,952,098. Sony’s Denzel Washington-led action-thriller The Equalizer 3 took top spot thanks to a franchise high opening weekend, bringing in $3.35 million in Australia. Globally, the film’s debut collected $US60.6 million.

Whilst Warner Bro‘s Barbie has slipped to second place, it’s still a major milestone week for the film. Having grossed $US1,342,401,000 globally, the movie has become the highest-grossing film to be released by Warner Bros., overtaking Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ($1.342 billion) globally. It’s also being predicted to become the highest-grossing film of the year, which is currently held by The Super Mario Bros. Movie ($1.359 billion).

Christopher Nolan‘s Oppenheimer stays steady in third place this week, while Sound of Freedom slips from second to fourth.

Debuting in the top five this week is Magnum’s No More Bets, which tells the story of Programmer Pan Sheng and model Anna who were attracted by an overseas recruitment ad and went abroad to find wealth – but a scam sees them ending up working in a factory.

Falling out of the top five this weekend were Piece Of Magic Entertainmen’s André Rieu 2023 Maastricht Concert: Love is All Around and Forum Distribution’s Mastaney.

#1. The Equalizer 3 – $3,354,164

Finally knocking Barbie off the top spot after six weeks, the final film in the Equalizer series has debuted with the biggest opening weekend for the franchise. Averaging $8,024 over 418 screens, the Denzel Washington-led film has earned a massive 94% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

#2. Barbie – $1,560,883

Barbie’s reign at #1 has come to an end, dipping to second spot with a $1,560,883 weekend gross. Averaging $3,864 over 404 screens, the film has made a whopping $81,772,851 in Australia. 

#3. Oppenheimer – $1,142,081

The last to crack the million mark this week, Oppenheimer tells the story of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) and his work on the Manhattan Project. The film grossed $1,142,081 this week and averaged $4,064 over 281 screens, staying steady at third.

#4. Sound of Freedom – $878,674

After rescuing a boy from child traffickers, a federal agent learns the boy’s sister is still captive and decides to search for her in the Colombian jungle. The film grossed $878,674, averaging $2,919 over 301 screens, dipping to fourth in its second week.

#5. No More Bets – $720,912

Chinese crime thriller No More Bets is based on tens of thousands of real fraud cases, and the inside story of the industry chain of overseas cyber fraud. Averaging a whopping $15,019 over 48 screens, the film debuts to fifth place.

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