(Australian Associated Press)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to dominate the Australian box office in its third week with the blockbuster well ahead of its competitors.
Disney’s box office rocket, which is on track to beat Avatar as the highest grossing box office film of all time having already sunk Titanic, took in a further $9 million over the weekend, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.
Will Ferrell and Mark Whalberg’s comedy Daddy’s Home came in at No.2 pulling in $3.56 million and beating out Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur at No.3 with $2.096 million.
Point Break, the 3D remake of the 1991 surfer film of the same name that starred Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, failed to get the adrenalin pumping, debuting at No.4 with just $1.904 million in takings.
Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Alvin and The Chipmunks: Road Chip and Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie were No. 5, 6 and 7 respectively.
TV series Sherlock’s Christmas special, The Abominable Bride showed on 138 screens drawing in $773,895 to come in at No.8.
Now at the tail end of its box office run, the James Bond movie Spectre rounded at the top 10 just behind Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter.
TOP 10 FILMS FOR THE WEEKEND JANUARY 6 TO 16:
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Walt Disney) – $9.001 million
2. Daddy’s Home (Paramount) – $3.555 million
3. The Good Dinosaur (Walt Disney) – $2.096 million
4. Point Break (Roadshow) – $1.904 million
5. Joy (Fox) – $1.766 million
6. Alvin and The Chipmunks: Road Chip (Fox) – $1.641 million
7. Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (Fox) – $1.246 million
8. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Sharmill) – $777,895
9. Suffragette (Transmission) – $688.211
10. Spectre (Sony Pictures) – $423.563