(Australian Associated Press)
Epic disaster movie Everest peaked at the Australian box office on its opening weekend.
Starring Australian actor Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal, Everest raked in $3.202 million in ticket sales to take over top spot from Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials ($2.450 million) which slipped to second.
Sci-fi action-comedy Pixels, about aliens attacking the Earth in the form of video games, grossed $1.642 million to hold down third place for a second straight week.
Music biopic Straight Outta Compton fell two spots to fourth after $1.20 million in takings while the Aussie kids movie Oddball got off to a solid start.
Based on the true story of a sheepdog which chased off foxes which in turn saved a colony of penguins off the coast of Warrnambool in Victoria, Oddball was fifth with $984,000 in sales.
It beat Emily Blunt’s US crime thriller Sicario ($407,106) and Australian animated flick Blinky Bill The Movie ($253,148). They came in sixth and seventh respectively.
A Walk in the Woods ($225,764) slipped from fourth to eighth while The Gift ($163,702) was ninth and Meryl Streep’s drama Ricki and the Flash ($130,683) was 10th.
TOP 10 FILMS FOR THE WEEKEND SEPTEMBER 17 to 20:
1. Everest (Universal) – $3.202 million
2. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Fox) – $2.450 million
3. Pixels (Sony Pictures) – $1.642 million
4. Straight Outta Compton (Universal) – $1.230 million
5. Oddball (Roadshow) $984, 958
6. Sicario (Roadshow) $407,106
7. Blinky Bill The Movie (Studio Canal) – $253,148
8. A Walk in the Woods (Entertainment One) – $225,764
9. The Gift (Roadshow) – $163,702
10. Ricki and the Flash (Sony Pictures) – $130,683
*(Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia)