Box Office: The Dry returns to #1 as High Ground joins the top five

• Overall, the Australian box office had a decline of 9%

The Dry has returned to the top spot of the Australian box office after overtaking fellow Aussie film Penguin Bloom which briefly held the #1 spot for one week.

The Dry continues to plough along as it sits at the door of the $15m threshold as it continues to establish itself as one of the most successful Australian films in a while.

The Dry still needs to make over $5m though if it wants to pass Strictly Ballroom to enter the top 10 domestic films of all time at the Australian box office.

The only new entry this week is High Ground with the meat pie western (Australian made western film) entering the Australian box office at #5.

High Ground takes the place of Wonder Woman 1984 which has slipped out of the top five after six weeks. Although it is not all doom and gloom for the DC film with it being the #1 grossing film in Australia since cinemas re-opened from lockdown with a total of $23.93m.

Overall, the Australian box office had a decline of 9% compared to the previous weekend, making a total of $7.08m.

#1 The Dry $1,430,754

After five weeks the Erica Bana led mystery continues to perform strongly after averaging $4,171 on 343 screens.

#2 Penguin Bloom $1,269,539

The drama starring Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln has passed the $1m mark for two weekends in a row and now has a total of $4.04m. The film averaged $3,882 on 327 screens over the weekend.

#3 The Croods: A New Age $850,939

After six weeks the animated family romp has made a total of $19.80m as it comfortably sits as the #2 film in Australia since lockdown ended. Over the weekend the film made an average of $2,955 on 288 screens.

#4 The Marksman $664,805

The Marksman has spent two straight weeks in the top five with the Liam Neeson film averaging $2,509 on 265 screens.

#5 High Ground $615,036

The Australian drama has made it into the top five in its first week of release after averaging $2,628 on 234 screens.

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