Not mad about Mad Bastards

Brendan Fletcher’s debut feature Mad Bastards (Transmission Films) opened with $81,597 on 27 screens (average $3,022).

The film’s release was clouded by “life imitates art” reports about the sentencing of one of the cast members, Roxanne Williams, for manslaughter.

The $3m project, which screened at Sundance earlier in the year, stars non-actors and follows an Indigenous man trying to reconnect with the son he hasn’t seen in years, before he becomes another ‘mad bastard’ caught in a downward spiral of alcohol and crime.

The Australian box office was once again dominated by Universal’s Fast and Furious 5, grossing more than $21m in three weeks.

One of Hopscotch Films’ most commercial releases ever, Source Code, debuted at number three. Other new entries include the romantic comedy Something Borrowed (Hoyts) in the fourth position, and the sequel to Hoodwinked, at number six.

These were the top 10 films in Australia for May 5-8, 2011:

1 Fast and Furious 5 Universal $1,835,982
2 Thor Paramount $1,703,407
3 Source Code Hopscotch $1,520,716
4 Something Borrowed Hoyts $1,409,513
5 Arthur Warner $476,469
6 Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Roadshow $474,508
7 Paul Universal $309,642
8 Rio Fox $282,064
9 Hop Universal $144,632
10 Scream 4 Roadshow $130,162

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