Mel Gibson movie Get The Gringo debuts weakly at box office

Mel Gibson action-thriller Get The Gringo debuted with a whimper at the Australian box office this week.

The Adrian Grunberg-directed film, which is being distributed by Icon Film in Australia, took $340,000 for an average of $2,242 – although it had a modest release on just 152 screens.

Chick flick What to Expect When You’re Expecting enjoyed a stronger debut, but failed knock Men In Black III off the top spot. The Roadshow-distributed Jennifer Lopez vehicle was shown across 305 screens – double the exposure of Get the Gringo – and took $2.431m gross for a $7,971 average.

Men In Black continued to draw a big audience, adding another $3.605m in its second weekend to its first weekend run of $5m, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.

Across 596 screens, the $3.6m taking averaged $6,049 per screen for the Will Smith film which has to date grossed $10.05m.

The Avengers has muscled into the sixth highest grossing film of all time at the box office.  following a weekend that saw it take another $1.774m. The Walt Disney-distributed film now stands at $49.316m after taking $1.774m across the 390 screens for a $4,551 screen average.

In limited release, Australian film Wish You Were Here, directed by Keiran Darcy-Smith and distributed by Hopscotch, was bumped from the top spot by Bollywood action film Rowdy Rathore. Wish You Were Here added another $80,914 to its $1.306m.

Another Australian film, Careless Love, directed by John Duigan and distributed by Antidote Films, took $8,074 across eight screens for an $1,009 average for $21,658.

Distributed by Mindblowing Films, Rowdy Rathore debuted at $91,366 across 15 screens for a $6,091 as French film Declaration of War, distributed by Palace Films took 48,900 across 16 screens for a $3.056 average.

Sharmill’s screenings of Wagner’s Dream across 17 screens took $32,070 for an average of $1,886, while Once Apon A Time in Anatonia took $23,677 across four screen for a $5,919 average while Madman’s Eames: The Architect and The Painter took $7,904 across just the one screen.


  1. Dk
    5 Jun 12
    12:28 am

  2. Maybe because it was shown on less than half as many screens as the top grossing movies? Rubbish article.

  3. Cameron
    5 Jun 12
    11:18 am

  4. The low number of screens wouldn’t help, that’s for sure. Everything I’ve read about it suggests an absolutely cracking film.

  5. Gail
    5 Jun 12
    11:56 am

  6. Um it wasn’t released in theaters but went direct-to-video, you idiot.

  7. Jack
    5 Jun 12
    5:15 pm

  8. Gail – “Get the Gringo” was released through pay-per-view cable in the U.S and in theaters worldwide, YOU idiot.

    It’s also getting great reviews – travelling with a solid 79% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s higher than “Men in Black 3”, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, and the same (currently) as “Prometheus” which is starting to roll out worldwide.

    I agree with Dk, that whilst “Get the Gringo” hasn’t over-performed in it’s first weekend, the fact that it was showing on only 152 screens makes this article misleading.

  9. Matt
    5 Jun 12
    7:01 pm

  10. Hate to break it to you gail but it is released in cinemas in australia. Do some homework before you go off half cocked baby.

  11. Pete
    6 Jun 12
    8:46 am

  12. saw it, it’s actually a pretty good movie…say what you like about Mel, but he can act.
    And Gail, nice own goal…

  13. James
    7 Jun 12
    10:30 am

  14. @Pete Don’t think many can say what they like about Mel.

  15. Keith
    18 Jun 12
    10:49 pm

  16. Great movie – lots of fun and action – Mel at his best and doing what he does well – top entertainment – narration really works well. A bold way of releasing the movie in the us – hope it works for him.