Box Office: Covid Christmas leads to Australian box office slump

• The leading film this week was The War with Grandpa which returned to the #1

This time last year the Australian box office was booming off the back of the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and it also had boxing day around the corner but in a topsy-turvey year, the Australian box office is limping into the new year after making a total of $3.28m leading to an 18% decline.

The leading film this week was The War with Grandpa which returned to the #1 spot in its third week of release. The only new entry to the top five this week was Superintelligence which opened at #3, replacing Words on Bathroom Walls which slipped to #6.

#1 The War with Grandpa $877,953

The Robert Deniro family comedy has regained top spot after slipping to #2 last week. The film now has a total of $4.12m after three weeks of release and made an average of $2,976 on 295 screens this week.

#2 The Witches $818,823

After opening in the top spot last week the film has slipped down to #2 after the film based on the novel of the same name by Roald Dahl averaged 2,748 on 298 screens bringing its total to #3.01m.

#3 Superintelligence $429,383

Superintelligence starring Melissa McCarthy has opened at #3 with an opening weekend average of $1,507 on 285 screens.

#4 Tenet $178,652

Over the last 17 weeks, Tenet has spent 16 weeks in the top as it looks to close out the year in a strong position. The film has made $15.58 to date and has averaged $1,769 on 101 screens.

#5 Happiest Season $170,808

The holiday flick has made it four weeks in the top five after averaging $630 on 271 screens, bringing its total to $1.97m. 

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