Box Office: How the Grinch stole top spot

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Overall, it was a slow week in theatres with only one new entry in the top five and a 20% decline of total box office revenue, totalling $11.66m.

Despite debuting at number two last week The Grinch managed to move into top spot after only suffering an 11% decline on last week’s total.

Bohemian Rhapsody has continued its massive run as it finishes its sixth week in second spot bringing its total to $35.04m.

The only new entry this week is Mortal Engines, which takes the spot of 2.0 which made $157,072 in its second week in theatres.

Second Act ($979,222) and Overlord ($350,498) both failed to crack the top five in their opening weekends, while A Star is Born ($526,702) came in seventh place after eight weeks in theatres bringing its total to $30.99m.

#1 The Grinch $2.46m

The latest reimagining of the children’s classic had a strong second week moving into top spot thanks to a strong average of $7,640 across 323 screens.

#2 Bohemian Rhapsody $1.75m

You can’t stop it now, as the movie powered by the rock music of Queen continues to surge forward as Australian audiences show little fatigue as it averaged $4,997 across 352 screens.

#3 Creed II $1.64m

The latest instalment in the Rocky franchise dropped down to third this week but still produced a healthy average of $6,520 across 252 screens (the least of the top five).

#4 Mortal Engines $1.35

The only new entry to the top five this week and the latest foray into high budget fantasy for Peter Jackson averaged $4,132 across 327 screens.

#5 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald $1.08m

The continuation of the Harry Potter universe continues to be a money machine as it cracks the one million mark for the fourth week in a row, after being shown across the most screens in the country (389) with an average of $2,794 per screen.

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