Jumanji: The Next Level soars to the top of the Australian box office, while Cats struggles on debut

The third instalment in the Jumanji franchise and the second in the new iteration starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan, Jumanji: The Next Level, has leapt straight to the top of the Australian box office in its first weekend of release. It follows the first new film doing the same thing in 2017 with $9.222m for its first weekend. 

Taking $13.267m across 647 screens, the film easily beat Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which secured another $8.329m across 1,056 screens, giving the film a running total of $30.9m for its two-week run.

Cats, a star-studded musical based on the broadway production of the same name from Andrew Lloyd Webber, slipped into fourth place for its first weekend, landing behind Frozen 2 which is in its fifth week. Cats managed $1.637m across 337 screens, while Frozen 2 took $2.473m over 381, adding to a running total of $31.288m.

Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit landed in fifth place with $1.492m across 129 screens. The film, based on the book Caging Skies, follows a Hitler Youth member who finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home. Waititi portrays Adolf Hitler in the film, as the young boy’s imaginary friend.

Sixth place went to Knives Out which is in its fifth week and took $1.009m across 242 screens for a running total of $10.113m. Hindi-language comedy Good Newwz landed in seventh with $516,189 across 46 screens for its debut weekend. The film tells the story of two families going through the process of in-vitro fertilisation who discover their samples have been mixed up.

The Addams Family held eighth place with $355,785 across 235 screens for its fourth week out, followed by Playing With Fire with $304,370 across 262 screens.

The top 10 was rounded out by IP Man 4: The Finale on $293,624 for its second week of release across 43 screens.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony) $13,267,290 647 $13,849,396
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (Disney) $8,329,342 1056 $30,900,683
Frozen Ii (Disney) $2,473,805 381 $31,288,200
Cats (Universal) $1,637,871 337 $1,676,698
Jojo Rabbit (Disney) $1,492,632 129 $1,723,307
Knives Out (Studiocanal) $1,009,098 242 $10,800,547
The Addams Family (Universal) $355,785 235 $4,798,474
Playing With Fire (Paramount) $304,370 262 $2,791,221
Ip Man 4: The Finale (Cmc Pictures) $293,624 43 $839,317
The Good Liar (Wb) $249,422 186 $2,686,184
The Truth (Palace) $206,470 26 $299,888
Ford V. Ferrari (Disney) $191,590 139 $10,030,435
Dabangg 3 (Mindblowing Films) $165,019 46 $869,489
Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (Madman) $134,173 33 $264,267
Joker (Roadshow) $115,234 35 $40,527,141
Sorry We Missed You (Icon) $73,959 29 $180,879
Hustlers (Roadshow) $66,199 8 $9,353,380
Last Christmas (Universal) $63,448 45 $10,587,402
Dirty Dancing 30th Anniversary (Indies) $53,217 5 $265,853
Parasite (Madman) $41,758 11 $2,069,321

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