The Little Mermaid topped the Box Office for its first week in cinemas
This weekend, the Australian box office made $14,301,180, up 2% from last week’s $13,580,698.
It was the opening weekend for Walt Disney’s The Little Mermaid with fans young and old diving into the magical world under the sea to witness the live-action remake of the 1989 film. The movie brought in $5,673,377 nationally and $163.5 million globally.
The film features Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Melissa McCarthy as evil sea witch Ursula, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Awkwafina as Scuttle with the lead of Ariel played by Halle Bailey.
Coming in next was Universal’s Fast X, which continued strong for its second week, brining in $3.4 million. The Vin Diesel led film is the tenth instalment to the Fast and Furious franchise and stars a stellar line-up including the aforementioned Diesel alongside Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena and Jason Momoa, to name a few. Down 49%.
For its fourth week, Walt Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 came in third. The Marvel blockbuster starring Chris Pratt recorded $2.2 million at the Australian box office, down 36% from last week. The emotional third instalment follows Peter Quill (Pratt), who once again rallies his team to defend the universe.
Coming in fourth was Sony Picture’s John Farnham: Finding the Voice for its second week. The documentary about one of our most beloved local singers took $655,629, down 20% and tells the untold story of the music icon from the quiet suburbs of Melbourne to ‘60s pop fame, through incredible highs and lows, and ultimately to record-breaking success as “Australia’s Voice”.
Coming in fifth was Universal’s The Super Mario Bros Movie. For its fifth week in cinemas, the origin story of brothers Mario and Luigi took $414,033 at the Aussie box office, down 39%.
Falling out of the top five this weekend was Universal’s Book Club 2: The Next Chapter, Universal’s Renfield (debut), Transmission’s Maybe I Do (debut), Sony’s The Machine (debut) and Zee Studio’s Godday Godday Chaa (debut).
#1 The Little Mermaid – $5,673,377
The Little Mermaid follows the youngest of King Triton’s daughters, Ariel, who is a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. Longing to find out more about the world beyond the sea, Ariel visits the surface and falls for the dashing Prince Eric. Following her heart, she makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to experience life on land. The film grossed $5,673,377, averaging $9,151 over 620 screens.
#2 Fast X – $3,439,915
Fast X follows Dom Toretto as he confronts the most lethal opponent they’ve ever faced: A terrifying threat emerging from the shadows of the past who’s fueled by blood revenge, and who is determined to shatter this family and destroy everything—and everyone—that Dom loves, forever. The film grossed $3,439,915, averaging $7,366 over 467 screens.
#3 Guardians of the Galaxy 3 – $2,224,326
Guardians of the Galaxy 3 grossed $2,224,326, averaging $5,916 over 376 screens for its fourth weekend. The film stars Chukwudi Iwuji, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Pom Klementieff, alongside Pratt.
#4 John Farnham: Finding the Voice – $655,629
John Farnham: Finding the Voice is powerful documentary that tracks the personal and public journey that has made Farnham Australia’s greatest and most beloved musical artist. The film earned $655,629 at the Box Office, averaging $2,253 over 291 screens.
#5 The Super Mario Bros Movie – $414,033
The Super Mario Bros Movie grossed $414,033, averaging $1,785 over 232 screens.