Ford v Ferrari shoots to the top of the Australian box office, trumping Charlie’s Angels reboot

Ford v Ferrari, the American drama film showing the battle by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca to build the Ford GT40 and finally defeat the Ferrari racing team in 1966, has skyrocketed to the top of the Australian box office in its first week, taking $2.581m across 468 screens.

The film topped the newest Charlie’s Angels reboot, which also premiered this weekend and managed $1.687m across 390 screens.

Ford v Ferrari stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale and was written by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth and Jason Keller. It was directed by James Mangold, and initially had Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise tied to the lead roles, although they dropped out before production began.

Charlie’s Angels was written and directed by Elizabeth Banks and stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the new Angels. Following on from the two films, Charlie’s Angels in 2000 and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle in 2003, the film picks up later in the story initially started in the 1976 TV series of the same name.

Stewart, Scott and Balinksa are the new generation of Angels, while Banks and Djimon Hounsou are in the role of the Bosleys. Patrick Stewart picks up Bill Murray’s role as John Bosley and, for the first time, Robert Clotworthy is Charlie, following the death of John Forsyth in 2010.

Charlie’s Angels was followed by Christmas flick Last Christmas, which took another $1.622m across 271 screens, dropping from first place last week to third. Terminator: Dark Fate took $836,821 across 310 screens for its third week, and the top five was rounded out by Joker with a further $763,618 for its seventh week – adding to a total of $38.57m in Australian box office takings.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil followed with $423,657 across 2020 screens, Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep pulled another $382,987 across 257 and Judy landed another $219,804 across 185 screens for its fifth week of release. It currently has a total of $2.52m in takings.

INXS Live Baby Live at Wembley Stadium slipped into ninth position with $194,732 across 168 screens for its first week, while Zombieland: Double Tap finished the top ten with $192,240.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Ford V. Ferrari (Disney) $2,581,633 468 $2,581,633
Charlie's Angels (Sony) $1,687,043 390 $1,889,670
Last Christmas (Universal) $1,622,661 271 $4,637,508
Terminator: Dark Fate (Disney) $836,821 310 $7,421,205
Joker (Wb) $763,618 231 $38,586,054
Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil (Disney) $423,657 202 $8,565,558
Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep (Wb) $382,987 257 $1,459,079
Judy (Universal) $219,804 185 $2,809,296
Inxs Live Baby Live At Wembley Stadium (Piece Of Magic Ent.) $194,732 168 $194,732
Zombieland: Doubletap (Sony) $192,240 159 $5,774,058
Ride Like A Girl (Transmission) $136,592 161 $11,287,953
Hustlers (Roadshow) $128,153 111 $9,032,142
Better Days (Magnum) $126,587 26 $707,099
Bala (Mindblowing Films) $116,416 24 $393,732
One Piece: Stampede (Madman) $112,600 39 $112,600
Arctic Justice (Icon) $103,720 166 $352,062
Abominable (Universal) $77,761 82 $9,282,176
Pain And Glory (Universal) $71,684 23 $425,476
Pavarotti (Madman) $65,684 53 $832,250
The Angry Birds Movie 2 (Sony) $47,025 68 $9,855,105

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