Australian thriller The Nightingale takes nearly $100k in first weekend

Controversial Australian thriller The Nightingale has taken $97,612 for its first weekend at the box office, landing it in 17th place. The film, which is the second from The Babadook director Jennifer Kent, showed across just 33 screens.

Adam Goodes documentary The Australian Dream, which landed last week on 101 screens to take $164,972, managed a further $120,806 across 105 screens this weekend, putting it just above The Nightingale on in 14th position.

It was Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood that held the top spot across the weekend, bringing in a further $2.649m to a running total of $16.135m in the Australian box office. Gerard Butler-led action film Angel Has Fallen took the second spot for its second week, bringing in $1.430m to build its running total to $3.796m.

Disney’s The Lion King, and Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw both managed to stay in the top five, taking $1.112m and $778,184 respectively. The Lion King pushed past $60m in the Australian box office last week after eight weeks of release.

Chinese animated fantasy film Ne Zha took the fifth spot with $509,613 for its second week out, followed by action/ thriller Saaho which appeared twice on the list, once in Tamil/ Telugu/ Malayalam and once in English. The first brought in $419,781 and the second $321,281.

The Kitchen, which is based on a comic book series and stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss took $380,217 across its first weekend, showing over 299 screens, compared to 48 for Saaho and 41 for Ne Zha.

Australian drama Palm Beach and A Dog’s Journey rounded out the top 10 with $304,619 and $295,178 respectively.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Sony) $2,649,403 531 $16,172,210
Angel Has Fallen (Roadshow) $1,430,600 263 $3,796,224
The Lion King (2019) (Disney) $1,112,288 320 $61,695,810
Fast & Furious: Hobbs And Shaw (Universal) $778,184 229 $17,898,709
Ne Zha (Cmc Pictures) $509,613 41 $1,421,924
The Kitchen (Wb) $380,217 299 $412,440
Palm Beach (Universal) $304,619 251 $3,829,858
Dog's Journey, A (Universal) $295,178 245 $1,651,914
Danger Close: The Battle Of Long Tan (Transmission) $249,705 200 $2,529,323
Weathering With You (Madman) $202,485 120 $900,650
Amazing Grace (Studiocanal) $196,982 106 $311,530
The Australian Dream (Madman) $120,806 105 $697,748
Overcomer (Crossroads) $117,319 82 $422,416
Toy Story 4 (Disney) $97,885 129 $41,419,436
The Nightingale (2019) (Transmission) $97,612 33 $217,222
Late Night (Roadshow) $84,724 117 $2,065,019
Exit (Magnum) $60,195 14 $60,195
Dogman (Palace) $55,243 18 $185,000
Midsommar (Roadshow) $51,499 42 $575,419
Yesterday (Universal) $39,066 45 $13,510,352

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