70s surf flick Drift takes $268,000 in first week

Drift posterThe surf drama Drift, starring Sam Worthington, made its debut at the weekend with takings of $268,570 at the box office.

The Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia said the Hopscotch-distributed film making an average of $1,918 across 140 screens.

Drift was in the making for almost two years and was written and directed by Morgan O’Neill. The story follows two surfing brothers, Jimmy and Andy Kelly (Xavier Samuel and Myles Pollard) who are trying to make their living from the sport in Margaret River, WA. Worthington stars as their friend, photographer and film-maker JB.

Iron Man 3 continued to dominate the box office, pulling in more than $6 million and earning an average of nearly $10,000 per screen while Olympus Has Fallen also remained steady, at number three for the weekend.

Romantic comedy The Big Wedding made its debut and earned $1,257,692  with an average of $5,031 across its 250 screens. Danish drama The Hunt also debuted this weekend at number 15, making $88,147.

Box Office May 6


  1. Daniel
    7 May 13
    9:38 am

  2. “$1,918 across 140 screens.”

    Oh my, not very good. Why go to 140 screens? This should have been no more than 40 screens.

  3. Guy
    7 May 13
    11:35 am

  4. Was at the cinemas on the weekend. Hoyts now show the number of tickets available on the screen for each session. Drift had one session on Saturday night. Ahead of the long queue and by the end of it, you can tell that it didn’t sell any. Whilst other popular movies sell. The poster had a big prominant wave making it very surf related, like a documentary. I think they should have Sam and Xavier pictures more prominently. Come on Aussies, the yanks put in their major stars on the poster even if they only appears in the film for a few minutes.

  5. Chris
    7 May 13
    11:45 am

  6. The music is good.

  7. Dan Hutton
    7 May 13
    1:27 pm

  8. It’s a good film based on a good Australian story. I’d definitely recommend it.

  9. FM
    7 May 13
    1:55 pm

  10. I saw it last night and there were only 5 people in the theatre. I highly recommend it though, great movie, great photography and a nice story. Not to mention it’s nice to support our local film industry!