Mutant turtles and disasters top the weekend box office

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has claimed the number one Australian box office title in its debut weekend, taking in $2.099m across 422 screens.

The film, directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Transformers director Michael Bay, courted controversy earlier this year with a promotional poster which featured the title hereos falling from a burning New York skyscraper alongside the release date of September 11.

Disaster movie Into The Storm was only $119,798 behind its blockbuster rival, taking in $1.979 at the box office across 336 screens. The disaster movie was promoted in Australia with a YouTube video of a man taking a selfie alongside a dust tornado in the outback and an augmented reality outdoor campaign which allowed audiences to see how the city behind outdoor panels would look if a storm, similar to the one in the movie, were to hit.

Disney’s Guardians Of The Galaxy was pushed into third place after reclaiming the top spot from The Inbetweeners 2 last weekend. It made $1.190 across 380 screens taking its total Australian box office to $23.214m.

The Hundred-foot Journey managed to grab fourth place after pulling in $876,241 across 300 screens while The Inbetweeners 2 settled for $635,575 across 307 screens.

Boyhood, which tells the story of the life of a young man from age five to 18 and was filmed over 12 years with the same cast, made $281,058 across 59 screens.

New Zealand vampire comedy What We Do In The Shadows made $229,425 across 49 screens, taking its total Aussie box office to $291,207 since its premiere last Thursday. The film used Gumtree to generate buzz ahead of its Australian premiere by posting a housemate wanted ad from the vampire characters.

Of the Australian films around at the moment Joel Edgerton’s Felony took $131,780 on 47 screens, just behind Predestination starring Ethan Hawke which got $143,514.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Paramount) $2,099,441 422 $2,099,441
Into The Storm (Roadshow) $1,979,643 336 $2,013,827
Guardians Of The Galaxy (Disney) $1,190,608 380 $23,214,699
The Hundred-foot Journey (Disney) $876,241 300 $9,179,837
The Inbetweeners 2 (Roadshow) $635,575 307 $6,747,221
If I Stay (Wb) $577,736 201 $1,943,572
Magic In The Moonlight (Eone) $518,691 130 $1,672,809
Lucy (Universal) $505,679 179 $14,922,940
Boyhood (Universal) $281,058 59 $472,525
What We Do In The Shadows (Madman) $229,425 49 $291,207
The Expendables 3 (Roadshow) $167,326 173 $4,212,298
Predestination (Pinnacle Films) $143,514 50 $437,677
Felony (Roadshow) $131,780 47 $408,263
But Always (Chinalion Film) $71,691 9 $71,691
Mary Kom (Eros) $54,658 18 $54,658
Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return (Studiocanal) $51,364 161 $115,567
How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Fox) $51,200 65 $26,465,228
Most Wanted Man, A (Roadshow) $47,559 42 $1,310,058
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared (Studiocanal) $40,673 36 $340,331
Rio 2 (Fox) $34,119 73 $12,167,391

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