Box Office: Disney wins big with top three spots

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This weekend, the Australian box office made $5.98 million

This weekend, the Australian box office made $5.98 million, down -35% from last week’s $9.2 million.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has dominated the charts for another week, bringing in $2.81 million. The highly-anticipated Marvel sequel was without Chadwick Boseman, who played King T’Challa in the first Black Panther film and who died, aged 43, in 2020.

Walt Disney’s The Menu has come in at second in its debut week. The film follows a couple (Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult) who travel to a coastal island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef (Ralph Fiennes) has prepared a lavish menu with some shocking surprises. 

Also new to the box office this weekend was Strange World, with $600k. The film stars the voices of Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Jaboukie Young-White, Gabrielle Union, and Lucy Liu, and follows the Clades, a family of explorers who must set aside their differences as they embark on a journey to a mysterious land inhabited by surreal lifeforms in order to save a resource called the Pando from losing its energy power source.

In its fifth week, Warner Bros’ Black Adam has fallen to fourth from second, bringing in $283k. The 11th instalment in the DC Extended Universe stars Dwayne Johnson (who also served as a producer) as the titular character alongside Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Sarah Shahi, Marwan Kenzari, Quintessa Swindell, Bodhi Sabongui, and Pierce Brosnan.

Making the top five for a second week was Drishyam 2, grossing $262k. The Indian Hindi-language crime thriller is a remake of 2021 Malayalam film of the same name and also the sequel to Drishyam (2015).

Falling out of the box office top five this week was Universal’s She Said and Mrs Harris Goes to Paris.

#1, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, $5,573,182

The superhero film is the sequel to Black Panther (2018) and the 30th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Winston Duke. The film sees the leaders of Wakanda fight to protect their nation in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. The film averaged $5,734 across 491 screens and has grossed $22.63 to date.

#2, The Menu, $720,209

The film averaged $2,143 across 336 screens in its first weekend. 

#3, Strange World, $600,763

The film averaged $1,678 across 358 screens in its debut weekend.

#4, Black Adam, $283,364

Black Adam is a superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. The film averaged $1,318 across 215 screens. So far, the film has grossed $18.21 million.

#5, Drishyam 2, $262,047

The film averaged $5,823 across 45 screens and has grossed $854,635 to date.

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