Patriots Day debuts at number three, Lion retains weekend box office top spot

Roadshow’s Patriots Day, starring Mark Wahlberg, managed third at the weekend box office while Australian film Lion held on to the number one spot for the third consecutive week.

Patriots Day

Patriots Day is based on the events of the 2003 Boston Marathon Bombings.

According to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia report, Patriots Day, directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon), tells the story of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’ actions in the lead up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, collected $1.189m over the weekend.

Since its debut on February 2, the film has made $1.319m.

Despite success in its first week, the film was unable to defeat Transmission Films’ Lion, which has retained the top spot for three consecutive weeks.

Starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, the independent Australian film achieved $3.058m over the weekend, bringing its total earnings to $16.225m.

The film is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

M. Night Shyamalan’s newest film, Split, held onto the number two spot at weekend box office for the second consecutive week, earning $2.316m, bringing its total to $1.319m.

The thriller, which debuted on Australia Day, tells the story of a man with dissociative identity disorder who has an urge to abduct three teenagers by one of his personalities, Kevin.

In fourth place, production company Eone’s musical La La Land collected $793,885, taking the film’s Australian earning total to $16.807m.

While the film did not manage a top five spot last weekend, it did leap back to fourth, knocking Sony’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, starring Mila Jovovich, out of the top five.

XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage, starring Vin Diesel, slipped to fifth from third place, taking in $631,013 over the weekend. The film has collected $6.536m since launch.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Lion (Transmission) $3,058,542 270 $16,225,610
Split (Universal) $2,316,559 291 $7,254,412
Patriots Day (Roadshow) $1,189,412 242 $1,319,868
La La Land (Eone) $793,885 287 $16,807,718
Xxx 3: The Return Of Xander Cage (Paramount) $631,013 244 $6,536,027
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Sony) $562,066 207 $2,316,006
Manchester By The Sea (Universal) $559,044 57 $691,951
Gold (Studiocanal) $398,610 209 $472,538
Moana (Disney) $362,339 206 $25,051,556
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Disney) $348,193 115 $50,638,925
Sing (Universal) $344,338 242 $28,165,551
Ballerina (Studiocanal) $225,434 187 $4,161,647
Monster Trucks (Paramount) $197,172 186 $4,759,332
Jackie (Eone) $168,826 0 $1,947,612
Moonlight (Roadshow) $157,840 25 $568,215
Perfect Strangers (Palace) $138,896 21 $756,030
Passengers (Roadshow) $136,143 98 $14,262,254
Live By Night (Wb) $122,290 203 $871,299
Allied (Paramount) $112,042 146 $11,960,800
The Edge Of Seventeen (Roadshow) $100,357 47 $4,277,492

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