Tuesday February 6, 2018

Box Office Report
  • Six weeks charting for The Greatest Showman – passes $26m

The school holidays are over and the box office has taken a hit after the Australia Day weekend. Total earnings for the top 20 movies were down 33% to $12.64m over the four-day weekend. It was of course the lowest weekend gross of the year.

Earnings were spread across a range of movies with six films north of $1m and two major new releases in that club.

#1 The Greatest Showman  $1.60m

The film’s stunning box office performance continues. Revenue was down 24% over the previous weekend with screens down 67 to 281 with a screen average of $5,695. The total earn sits just over $26m.

#2 I, Tonya $1.47m

Second weekend for the Margot Robbie movie with takings dropping 36%, screens down 44 to 225 and a screen average of $6,568. Total earnings on $6.67m.

#3 Den Of Thieves $1.33m

The US thriller starring Gerard Butler about an armoured truck heist opened on just 184 screens but that helped it to the weekend’s best screen average – $7,255.

#4 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle $1.08m

Still a member of the million dollar club after six weekends, its total take is now close to $47m with the movie still on 331 screens. The movie had the lowest screen average in the top five – $3,267. We have written before about the box office power of Jumanji star Dwayne Johnson, and Jumanji now looks like being his biggest box office hit yet, knocking off Furious 7.

#5 Molly’s Game $1.03m

The second new entry this week is the Jessica Chastain movie from first-time director Aaron Sorkin. The crime drama opened on 314 screens with an average of $3,310. Ticket sales were helped by a visit down under from Chastain last week.

News Corp joins #bringbackdundee campaign

A national campaign and a petition to #bringbackdundee have been launched by News Corp Australia newspapers, following worldwide intrigue sparked by the movie trailer Dundee – The Son of A Legend Returns Home.

NT News – News Corp’s masthead in the home of the outback – is kicking off the #bringbackdundee campaign with the petition. It then launches across all News Corp mastheads nationally, in print and online, including all metro, regional and community titles as well as news.com.au. Escape.com.au, News Corp’s niche travel title and Australia’s number one print and digital travel brand, is also part of the campaign.

The petition says:

“We, the NT News, on behalf of Crocodile Dundee lovers around the world, petition Paul Hogan and actors to create a new instalment of the movie. The Northern Territory wants it, Australia wants it, the world wants it. Stop teasing us and make it happen! #bringbackdundee”

Dundee – The Son of A Legend Returns Home is Tourism Australia’s latest viral marketing campaign, created for the US Super Bowl. The ad convinces viewers the Dundee sequel is finally on its way after a 32-year wait, with a star-studded cast including Chris HemsworthMargot RobbieHugh JackmanRussell CroweIsla FisherRuby RoseJessica MauboyLuke Bracey and American comedian Danny McBride.

Damian Eales, chief operating officer, publishing at News Corp Australia, said: “At News Corp, we believe it’s time for Crocodile Dundee to be made for a new generation. And it seems the public wants it too.

“As the largest print and digital publisher in the country, we have the reach to ask people in every corner of the country if it’s time to #bringbackdundee.

“And if Paul Hogan needs influencing to be sure how people truly feel about the issue, we’re hoping our petition will make the difference.

“We’re hoping Mick Dundee is listening,” Eales said.

Week 6 TV: Monday
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 14.0% 7 24.1% 9 20.4% TEN 13.0% SBS One 4.5%
ABC 2 2.6% 7TWO 3.8% GO! 2.3% ONE 2.9% VICELAND 1.1%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 2.7% GEM 1.6% ELEVEN 2.2% Food Net 0.7%
ABC News 1.0% 7flix 1.1% 9Life 1.4% NITV 0.1%
TOTAL 18.2% 31.7% 25.7% 18.0% 6.4%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 12.7% 7 24.8% 9 18.2% WIN 11.7% SBS One 4.2%
ABC 2 2.7% 7TWO 5.5% GO! 2.3% ONE 3.3% VICELAND 0.8%
ABC ME 0.9% 7mate 3.6% GEM 2.6% ELEVEN 2.2% Food Net 0.6%
NEWS 24 1.2% 7flix 1.4% 9Life 1.1% NITV 0.1%
TOTAL 17.5% 35.3% 24.2% 17.2% 5.7%
88.2% 11.8%
Monday fta
  1. My Kitchen Rules Seven 1,106,000
  2. Seven News Seven 1,021,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 999,000
  4. Nine News Nine 937,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 930,000
  6. Married At First Sight Nine 879,000
  7. A Current Affair Nine 813,000
  8. ABC News ABC 747,000
  9. Home And Away Seven 725,000
  10. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Ten 712,000
  11. 7.30 ABC 685,000
  12. Australian Story ABC 671,000
  13. Four Corners ABC 638,000
  14. Travel Guides Nine 610,000
  15. The Chase Australia Seven 575,000
  16. The Project 7pm Ten 573,000
  17. Media Watch ABC 563,000
  18. Eddie The Eagle Seven 503,000
  19. Hot Seat Nine 502,000
  20. Super Bowl LII: Eagles v Patriots – Halftime Show Seven 421,000
Demo Top fives

16-39 Top 5

  1. Married At First Sight Nine 284,000
  2. My Kitchen Rules Seven 275,000
  3. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Ten 199,000
  4. Travel Guides Nine 177,000
  5. The Project 7pm Ten 170,000

18-49 Top 5

  1. Married At First Sight Nine 422,000
  2. My Kitchen Rules Seven 404,000
  3. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Ten 335,000
  4. Travel Guides Nine 298,000
  5. Nine News Nine 265,000

25-54 Top 5

  1. Married At First Sight Nine 454,000
  2. My Kitchen Rules Seven 453,000
  3. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Ten 394,000
  4. Travel Guides Nine 342,000
  5. Nine News Nine 329,000
Monday multichannel
  1. Peppa Pig-PM ABC2 210,000
  2. Kazoops!-PM ABC2 196,000
  3. Fireman Sam-PM ABC2 192,000
  4. Floogals-PM ABC2 185,000
  5. Go Jetters ABC2 181,000
  6. Peter Rabbit ABC2 181,000
  7. Wallykazam!-PM ABC2 177,000
  8. Olobob Top-PM ABC2 175,000
  9. Dot. ABC2 175,000
  10. The Hive-PM ABC2 172,000
  11. Thomas And Friends-PM ABC2 172,000
  12. Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures ABC2 171,000
  13. Lewis-PM 7TWO 168,000
  14. Octonauts ABC2 165,000
  15. Shaun The Sheep ABC2 163,000
  16. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABC2 153,000
  17. Peppa Pig-AM ABC2 152,000
  18. Neighbours ELEVEN 151,000
  19. PJ Masks-AM ABC2 146,000
  20. Bananas In Pyjamas-PM ABC2 146,000
Monday subscription tv
  1. Live: Sportscenter ESPN 130,000
  2. Live: NFL Super Bowl LII ESPN 107,000
  3. Paul Murray Live SKY NEWS LIVE 60,000
  4. Live: NFL Primetime ESPN 53,000
  5. The Bolt Report SKY NEWS LIVE 53,000
  6. Britannia showcase 51,000
  7. The Simpsons FOX8 42,000
  8. PML Overtime SKY NEWS LIVE 41,000
  9. Credlin SKY NEWS LIVE 39,000
  10. NCIS TVH!TS 38,000
  11. Gone UNIVERSAL 33,000
  12. Open All Hours FOX Classics 33,000
  13. American Dad! FOX8 33,000
  14. Family Guy FOX8 31,000
  15. Vera: A Certain Samaritan 13TH STREET 31,000
  16. Jeopardy! FOX Classics 30,000
  17. Sportscenter Special From Minneapolis ESPN 30,000
  18. Coast New Zealand History Channel 30,000
  19. As Time Goes By FOX Classics 29,000
  20. Father Brown UKTV 29,000

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Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2018. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM

TV Ratings Analysis

Primary Channels
By James Manning

Ash and Matty don’t look like being serious competition for anybody on Seven’s My Kitchen Rules. The Sunshine Coast surfers struggled with their first two courses but pulled it together for their espresso crème brûlée – but it was too late and the damage had been done. A total score of 46 sees them a clear last. Nothing too wrong with the audience numbers though with 1.10m.

Seven then got respectable numbers for the Eddie The Eagle movie – 503,000. It is helping build interest in the Winter Olympics, which is apparently just days away!

Earlier in the day Seven’s telecast of the Super Bowl did 393,000. The halftime show was ranked separately with 421,000 and post-game coverage did 322,000. In the US, NBC had a match audience of 104m, down 7% YOY and the smallest audience in nine years.


A Current Affair started its week just over 800,000 with Married and Meghan Markle. And, as predicted in the most recent Mediaweek TV podcast, Sophie Monk arrives tomorrow night to tell all about her recent love adventure.

After starting its week on 835,000, Married At First Sight climbed a little higher to 879,000. The episode very narrowly had a bigger 25-54 audience than My Kitchen Rules. (The metro gap was just 1,000 viewers.)

Episode two of Travel Guides followed with Bali the destination. The episode did 610,000.


The first episode of The Project this week did 573,000 after 7pm with I’m A Celebrity hosts and comedian Claire Hooper amongst the guests.

Anthony Mundine was entertaining his fellow contestants and the TEN audience last night although the I’m A Celebrity numbers were down a little to 712,000, the smallest audience yet in the handful of episodes screened.

Law & Order: SVU followed with 317,000.


Australian Story and the rest of the Monday regulars were back in action last night.

The first Australian Story did 671,000 with its coverage of the wedding of Christine Forster, Tony Abbott‘s sister.

Four Corners was investigating the hunting of an international money launderer for its audience of 638,000.

The return of Media Watch featured proposed new laws on espionage and foreign interference and sponsored content on Nine News. The episode was on 563,000.

Then the first Q&A for 2018 missed the top 20 with 386,000 and a guest list that included Crikey founder Stephen Mayne.


Michael Mosley‘s Trust Me I’m A Doctor was the channel’s best on 206,000.

24 Hours In Emergency was then just short of that number – 195,000.

Media News Roundup TUESDAY


Fairfax Media and NZME will appeal a High Court ruling on a deal which they say will help preserve local journalism in the face of continued pressure from US technology giants Facebook and Google, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.


On Monday Fairfax made clear it believed the New Zealand Commerce Commission’s decision to prevent Stuff, formerly known as Fairfax NZ, and NZME from merging was incorrect after going over the NZ High Court’s ruling.

“After careful review and analysis of the High Court’s reasons, the companies continue to believe the NZCC was wrong in fact and wrong in law to decline clearance or authorisation of the merger,” Fairfax, publisher of The Australian Financial Review, said in a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

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Billionaire Richard Desmond is set to stop the presses on a 43-year publishing career with a £125m deal to sell his Expressand Star newspapers and celebrity magazine OK! this week, reports The Guardian.

Desmond has been in talks with Trinity Mirror, the publisher of the Labour-supporting Daily and Sunday Mirror titles, to offload his Brexit-backing titles since autumn.

A deal would mark the end of an era for Desmond, who started publishing in 1974 at the age of 23 with two music titles. In 1983, he won the UK licence to publish Penthouse and then a raft of other pornographic titles.

The launch of OK! magazine in 1993 shook up the celebrity magazine world. And in 2000, Desmond announced himself as a national newspaper magnate by buying Express Newspapers for £125m.

On completion of the deal, Desmond will hold a minority stake in Trinity Mirror, which will make him one of the publisher’s largest shareholders.

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News Brands

Subscriptions to reputable news outlets should be made tax deductible, and the nation’s harsh defamation laws should be reviewed, a parliamentary inquiry into journalism has recommended, reports Fairfax Media’s Michael Koziol.

Many taxpayers claim subscriptions as deductions in their line of work, but this recommendation would extend that tax break to everyone, in a bid to boost the flagging stocks of media companies struggling to fund journalism in the digital age.

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The business models for news publishers are expected to undergo rapid changes in the next 24 months, with half of the revenue for media businesses tipped to come from subscriptions, reports Fairfax Media’s Jennifer Duke.

This is expected to shift significantly by 2020, with subscription revenue to match advertising revenue.

By the end of 2018, Deloitte’s TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) Predictions 2018 report estimated there would be 20 million digital-only news subscriptions worldwide.

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Digital Media

Kidspot.com.au editor Melissa Wilson (pictured) has announced the launch of Kidspot Cares in response to a poll that revealed 72% of Kidspot.com.au families have been affected by bullying.

Launched to coincide with back to school, Kidspot Cares seeks to arm parents with the tools, support and advice they need to help their families combat and ultimately prevent bullying.

Wilson said: “We are seeing so many stories on this subject from the Kidspot.com.au community. Families have reported experiencing bullying in some situations from as young as four at day care and preschool. Kids are experiencing cyberbullying, verbal abuse and also physical violence – no one appears to be immune. Kids tend to be bullied for physical appearance and also because of behaviour such as ADHD – and some instances bullying was even perpetrated by parents, such as not inviting certain kids to birthday parties.

“These stories have shocked the Kidspot team into action, which is why we are committing to Kidspot Cares and our new partnership with You Can Sit With Me. We didn’t want to just report on incidences of bullying. We wanted to do something to help parents, families and children stop this behaviour on an ongoing basis and ultimately prevent it.”

Kidspot Cares campaign also includes Kidspot.com.au’s bullying resources and information in one place on the site for parents – kidspot.com.au/school/bullying.

Kidspot.com.au is part of News Corp Australia’s NewsDNA.


Mediaweek noted just two weeks ago that Netflix has revealed it would increase its investment in original films. It delivered its latest Hollywood movie to viewers just yesterday:

The latest film in the Cloverfield franchise was unveiled during a Super Bowl ad, which revealed that people could go watch the whole film on Netflix as soon as the game ended, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

That surprise film, The Cloverfield Paradox, was originally called God Particle. Most importantly, up until only a few weeks ago, it was going to be released theatrically by Paramount Pictures, just as Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane were.

For various reasons, including rumoured troubles with the film, God Particle kept getting pushed back. Most recently, it had been slated to be released in theatres this past Friday, before being delayed to April 20.

Soon after, sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Netflix would step in to distribute the film. It only became more evident Sunday after tweets from, among others, filmmaker Ava DuVernay that God Particlewould officially become part of the Cloverfield franchise, as well as becoming one of the biggest experiments in Netflix’s history.

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Photo: Scott Garfield / Netflix

TV Demand charts

The only change at the top on any of the charts this week is in New Zealand where Star Trek: Discovery has worked its way to #1. The CBS original series, screening on Netflix in Australia and New Zealand, remains at #2 in Australia.

The big mover this week on the Digital Original charts is the new Netflix sci-fi series Altered Carbon, which sits at #6 in its first week on the chart in both markets.

After just a week back on the Overall TV chart in Australia, This Is Us has been replaced in the top 10 by Star Trek: Discovery.

Photo: Altered Carbon / Netflix

Social Content Ratings

Cricket fills four of the top five spots on the Nielsen Social Content Ratings for the week ending Sunday February 4.

Sunday’s final of the Big Bash League ranks #1 way ahead of all other entires, with Big Bash semifinals the next-hottest TV sporting events.

Nine’s T20 between Australia and New Zealand also makes the chart.

The only other sport to crack the top five was the first game of the AFLW season shown last Friday on Fox Footy and Seven.

In non-sport, all three major TV realty franchises that launched last week made the chart, with TEN’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here ranking #1.

The only one-off special event to make the chart was Seven’s broadcast of the Grammy Awards.

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