Best Picture winner Parasite takes $794,000 at the Australian box office in its 34th weekend

After becoming the first foreign language film to win Best Picture at the Oscars last Monday, Parasite has re-entered the top 10 at the Australian box office over the weekend.

In its 34th weekend, the Korean comedic thriller, directed by Bong Joon-ho (who also was awarded Best Director and Original Screenplay), received $749,072 from 100 screens – an increase of 378% from the previous week. The running total for the film now sits at $3.7m.

Parasite benefitted from its four Oscar wins in its 34th weekend at the Australian box office

In its opening weekend, Sonic The Hedgehog flew to the top of the Australian box office, debuting to $3.9m from 365 screens.

The film is based on Sega’s Sonic video game franchise and features the blue hedgehog as its central character. Jim Carey stars as the film’s villain Dr. Robotnik, Ben Schwartz voices the animated Sonic, and James Marsden plays Sonic’s friend Tom Wachowski. In the US, Sonic’s opening has set the record for the highest debut of a film based on a video game with $US57 million.

Sonic The Hedgehog topped last weekend’s winner, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), which took $2.59m in its second turn at the box office from 316 screens. The film starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn has reached a running total of $7.3m.

In its sixth weekend at the box office, World War I epic 1917 drew $1.2m sliding into third spot. It appeared on 310 screens over the weekend, amassing an Australian total of $20.6m.

Also debuting this week was the latest film interpretation of Jane Austen’s Emma. The film starring Anya Taylor-Joy as the titular character and Bill Nighy as her father, came in forth with just over $1m from 302 screens.

Supernatural horror film Fantasy Island and crime drama Richard Jewell also opened over the weekend, with the former taking $1m from 217 screens, and the latter receiving $593,418 from 252 screens.

Rounding out the top 10 was Midway, collecting $378,124 from 254 screens.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Sonic The Hedgehog (Paramount) $3,878,349 365 $3,878,349
Birds Of Prey (and The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) (Wb) $2,595,464 316 $7,393,449
1917 (Universal) $1,205,574 310 $20,603,910
Emma (Universal) $1,072,546 302 $1,103,668
Fantasy Island (Sony) $1,001,728 217 $1,023,343
Bad Boys For Life (Sony) $881,911 241 $17,593,996
Parasite (Madman) $749,072 100 $3,801,982
Richard Jewell (Wb) $593,418 252 $605,133
The Gentlemen (Roadshow) $422,670 149 $13,923,878
Midway (Roadshow) $378,124 254 $2,966,574
Bombshell (Studiocanal) $336,807 175 $6,162,854
Jojo Rabbit (Disney) $336,642 190 $8,459,990
Little Women (Sony) $274,418 178 $15,182,799
Dolittle (Universal) $249,545 199 $10,799,154
Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, A (Sony) $195,068 214 $3,405,134
Just Mercy (Wb) $157,520 182 $2,533,604
The Grudge (Sony) $133,028 113 $1,507,964
Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony) $96,431 120 $45,557,005
The Lighthouse (Universal) $88,691 25 $489,620
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (Disney) $64,586 193 $47,196,032

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