Kath & Kim film tops box office on opening weekend

Australian film Kath & Kimderella has opened in number one at the box office over the weekend – the first time a local production has done so since Baz Luhrmann’s Australia four years ago.

The film, based on classic sitcom Kath & Kim, took $1.999m, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia. Opening across 285 screens, fro Roadshow Films, it took an impressive $7,013 screen average.

Australia opened with $6.373m in late November 2008, according to the MPDAA.

Last month The Sapphires opened with a slightly bigger box office haul – $2.3m – but was behind The Dark Knight Rises for the weekend.

Directed by Ted Emery and written by its stars Gina Riley and Jane Turner, it’s the second film for the characters, with Emery also directing 2005’s TV movie Da Kath & Kim Code. The tele movie averaged a national audience of 2.1m making it the highest rating show for the ABC in 2005.

In a release, Riley as Kim said “I told you I looked great on the big screen mum!”

“Well I agree with the BIG part of that Kim.” Turner as Kath replied.

The Sapphires took $919,000 in its fifth weekend in cinemas and takes the film, which screened at Toronto International Film Festival, to $10.952m locally.

Fellow Australian film screening at TIFF, Storm Surfers 3D, also in its fifth weekend of release took $71,388 across 36 screens for a $1,983 screen average. It takes the film to $412,347 box office total.

The only other major release this weekend was Hit and Run, from distributor Pinnacle Films which took $259.000 across 108 screens for an average of $2,402.

Opening in limited release this weekend was Monzieur Lazhar by distributor Palace taking $153,295 across 24 screens for $6387 screen average while Your Sister’s Sister which opened on 21 screens for distributor Madman took $101,135 for a $4,816 average and Raaz 3: The Third Dimension showed on 12 screens for $46,759 and $3,897 average.


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