Box Office: Sing a school holiday hit

Sing spends two weeks at #1 while La La Land’s weekend #3 is best yet


Traditional box office patterns have been turned on their head this month by a number of movies. Sitting on top spot is Sing, which started life at #2 on the box office chart before moving into top spot where it has now been for a fortnight.

Golden Globe star performer La La Land continues to grow after its chart debut, also three weeks ago where it earned $2.25m.

The first three weekends of 2017 are marginally up on the performance from January last year – $73.32m (weekend-only takings) this year v $70.32m for 2016 over the same period.

#1 Sing (Walt Disney) $2.32m

The animated music comedy is proving a school holiday hit with two weeks at #1 after three weeks on the chart. Its gross to date is over $22m which already is enough to make the top 10 list of 2015 and another $5m, which seems achievable, would put it on the top 10 list of 2015. (The cut-off on that list is $27.42m which The Martian did at #10.)

#2 La La Land (Entertainment One) $2.30m

Golden Globe wins, Oscars buzz and word-of-mouth recommendations have continued to keep the box office ticking over for this musical hit. For the first two weeks in movie houses La La Land couldn’t make the top five despite the highest screen averages on both those weekends. The movie opened on only 155 screens and it is still only on 210, the smallest number for any film in the top 10, but it continues to post the highest screen average, this week an impressive $10,985, close to double the next best.

#3 Moana (Walt Disney) $2.12m

Another school holiday hit, also in its third week, has a box office total which will creep past $20m this week.

#4 Passengers (Roadshow) $2.00m

Takings dropped 37% for the second weekend of the science fiction thriller which sits on $11.34m to date.

#5 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Walt Disney) $1.88m

After five weeks the movie remains on over 300 screens with a total to date of $47.13m. The film should secure a spot in the top 10 all time list in Australia this week when it overtakes Finding Dory, which has briefly held a top 10 spot with its $48.55m

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