The Australian box office is running on a hot streak this winter. Five films broke the $1 million mark last weekend, with more releases reaching seven-digits if we count midweek bows. Man of Steel took the top spot in its Australian debut, grossing a total of $8.6 million and leading the per-screen average category with $14,487. Despicable Me 2 breezed past the $10 million mark in its second frame, taking in $4 million over the weekend to reach a $12.6 million cume. The minions led the monsters for the second consecutive weekend, with Monsters University placing third after a $3 million weekend that led to a $7.9 cume in Australia. Both animated films posted spectacular holds in their sophomore frame, neither of which fell beyond 15% from its opening weekend.
World War Z experienced a bigger fall in its second week, dropping 48% for a $2.8 million weekend that takes Brad Pitt's zombie epic past the $10 million mark in Australia. The Great Gatsby is getting a lot of loyal viewers from director Baz Luhrman's home country. The literary adaptation earned $1 million over the weekend and reached a $22.7 million total. Australia only trails the United Kingdom as the biggest overseas market for The Great Gatsby and could move up to first place on that list if the film keeps its current pace.
Fast & Furious 6 posted its first weekend under the $1 million mark. The action film has been in release for four weeks and grossed a total of $23.8 million. Epic opened in 372 screens midweek and took in $2.7 million by the end of the weekend. It's not the performance that Fox was hoping for the animated film, which falls on the losing end of a three-way battle against Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University.
Box Office Results for Australia. June 28-30, 2013