Kids drive box office
ITH school holidays helping fill cinemas, animated films Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and the newly released Hotel Transylvania are the top two films at the Australian box office this week.
Madagascar 3, about four New York zoo animals trying to find their way home, held on to the No. 1 spot for the second week running, pulling in $2.5 million at the national box office, accordingthe Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.
Hotel Transylvania, a lavish 3D animation starring Adam Sandler as Dracula and Kevin James as Frankenstein, had a good opening week, pocketing $1.311 million.
The animated romps pushed comedy The Watch, starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughan as part of a neighbourhood watch group that finds itself defending Earth from an alien invasion, down to No. 3.
Another kid-friendly film debuted in fourth place – the third in the Wimpy Kid series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, while on the scarier front, Resident Evil: Retribution came in at fifth.
There’s still a good Aussie contingency of films at the box office, but the foxy ladies of Fountain Lakes are slowly losing their glamour with Kath &
– featuring (from left) Gloria the Hippo (voiced by Jada Pinkett Smith), Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock) – remains top of the Australian box office. Kimderella slipping to sixth place overall. Musical biopic The Sapphires, however, is still popular, sitting at No. 8. The film has earned more than $12 million in its seven weeks in cinemas.
Newcomer Bait, a Jaws meets Evil Dead meets Snakes on a Plane story filmed on the Gold Coast, rounds out the Top 10 in its first week of release. Its Aussie cast includes Xavier Samuel, Sharni Vinson, Julian McMahon and Dan Wyllie.
Another of last week’s big new releases, the unusual Ruby Sparks, debuted in seventh spot. A complex and surreal tale, it stars Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, with Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas. (Report, right.)