Iron Sky posts $116k opening weekend as Avengers stays top

Nazi science fiction film Iron Sky has posted a $116,000 opening weekend at the box office.

Distributed by Hoyts, the Australian/German/Finnish co-production was backed by an online marketing campaign that saw the first teaser going online 4 may 2008 and a crowd-funding model that got the producers $1.28m towards the budget.

The Finnish production company, Blindspot Pictures and director Timo Vuorensola also used its online fan-base from previous sci-fi comedy, Star Wreck to create interest.

The film’s $116,000 came from 45 screens with an average of $2,585 per screen, according to Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.

To date the film has taken $US7m worldwide with $US4.177m of that coming from Germany off the back of its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival and $US2.044m in Finland, according to Box Office Mojo.

Co-produced by Australia’s New Holland Pictures and shot on the Gold Coast, the film is about Nazis who abandon Earth for the dark side of the moon after WWII, with plans to one day return and take over the planet.

The film was third on the limited release top 20 films behind The Way in number two spot, and in its third week at number one, Australian film Wish You Were Here, which took $154,000 across 43 screens for an average of $3,593. The Hopscotch/eOne film has taken $875,000 to date.

In the major release, The Avengers was yet again in its third week the top grossing film of the weekend, taking $5.198m across 617 screens for an average of $8,425.

Meanwhile Dark Shadows, the Tim Burton vampire film starring Johnny Depp, opened with $3.728m across 369 screens for an average of $10,105 while the Jason Stratham film Safe opened with 443,000 across 140 screens for an average of $3,163.

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