A good box office weekend saw high per-screen averages for
all the films in the top ten in Australia. Iron Man 3 added $6.4 million to reach a $28
million total in Australia, retaining the top spot by a wide margin.
The Big Wedding was a pleasant surprise despite its high-profile failure to reach U.S. audiences. The Australian premiere brought in a $1.2 million total, a strong second place showing. It doubled the weekend gross of Olympus Has Fallen, in third place with $614,599. The Place Beyond the Pines was the other successful weekend premiere. Derek Cianfrance's multi-generational drama grossed a strong $3,236 average in only 63 screens, the lowest screen count in this week's chart.
Box office results for Australia. May 3-5, 2013.
Five new releases meant a more dynamic weekend at the Italian box office. Iron Man 3 easily retained the top spot for the second consecutive week with $2.7 million. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters had a stronger debut than expected, grossing $1 million despite playing in less than half the theaters than Iron Man 3. Side Effects had a moderately successful opening considering the other options during its release date, grossing $715,782. Snitch was the only clear disappointment of the weekend, opening in sixth place with a mediocre $1,617 per-screen average in 206 theaters.
Box office results for Italy. May 3-5, 2013.
Iron Man 3 continued its spectacular run in Mexico, grossing $7.8
million over the weekend to bring its total in the Mexican box office to $35.8
Just below the superhero film, multi-week hold-overs Nosotros Los Nobles and The Croods occupied the second and third spots, respectively. Nosotros Los Nobles grossed $1.3 million over the weekend to take its domestic cume to a very successful $19.8 million. The Croods is one of the biggest hits of the year in Mexico, grossing $27 million in its seven week run. Identity Thief suffered in its opening weekend, only grossing $370,044. The U.S. comedy was passed over by Mexican audiences the same way This is 40 whimpered out of the box office. U.S. comedies have had a difficult time finding popularity in Mexico this year.
Specialty releases, however, found relative success with the opening of Trance and Spring Breakers. Danny Boyle's stylish psychological thriller opened in fifth place with a $1,527 average from 230 screens. Harmony Korine's neon-tinged subversive indie opened in 121 screens for a $1,734 average.
Box office results for Mexico. May 3-5, 2013.
Iron Man 3 benefitted from its North American opening weekend to score the highest grossing IMAX weekend in history. The film's $28.6 million weekend came from 562 screens worldwide, including record-breaking openings like a $63,000 per-screen average in China, a $77,000 per-screen average in Russia, and a $47,000 per-screen average in the Ukraine.