Box Office: The King of Staten Island is the King of the box office

• Two new releases have made the top five

The Australian box office is continuing to move sideways as it slowly recovers from the COVID-19 lockdown as it once again registered a 1% weekly decline after bringing in a total of $1.86m.

The good news is that two new releases have made the top five over the weekend, including a new #1 in The King of Staten Island

#1 The King of Staten Island $333,925

Judd Apatow‘s latest project see’s him teaming up with Pete Davidson who is starring in his biggest vehicle yet off the back being a main cast member on Saturday Night Live and a much-publicised engagement with Ariana Grande. The film is considered semi-autobiographical based on Davidson’s life including losing his firefighter father during 9-11 and struggling with depression. In its first week of release, the film averaged $2,049 on 163 screens.

#2 Sonic the Hedgehog $216,644 

After 23 weeks of release Sonic the Hedgehog finds itself again in the top five, thanks in large part to the unique post COVID-19 state the industry finds itself in. The film’s total now sits at $13.58m after averaging $1,260 on 172 screens.

#3 Follow Me $205,422

The second new release to join the top five this week is the horror film Follow Me. The film follows a social media personality who goes to Moscow for new content, which sees him pushing the limits and entering a world of danger. The horror film averaged $1,343 on 153 screens.

#4 Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs $191,215

The South Korean animation has made its three weeks in the top five after averaging $1,188 on 161 screens.

#5 The Personal History of David Copperfield  $157,031

The reimagining fo the Charles Dickens classic has spent three weeks in the top five since its release and was the most screened film in the country this past weekend shown on 232 screens averaging $677.

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