Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood takes $6.6m in first weekend

The ninth, and penultimate, film in director Quentin Tarantino’s career, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, has taken $6.6m in its first weekend at the Australian box office, catapulting it to the top spot and knocking off last week’s winner The Lion King.

Disney’s live-action Lion King remake took $2.2m for its sixth weekend, showing across 411 screens compared to Hollywood’s 624.

Tarantino has said in interviews he will leave filmmaking after 10 films, leaving fans to wonder if Hollywood will be his last. He hasn’t confirmed what his next project will be, or whether he will indeed switch to another medium after it, but has previously spoken about things he would like to work on, including a Star Trek movie.

Hollywood stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie, and takes place in Hollywood during the time of the Manson Family murders which saw Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski and Abigail Folger all lose their lives to followers of Charles Manson. Taratino has said the film is about the murders, rather about the state of Hollywood at that time.

A Dog’s Journey also premiered this week, bringing in $631,324 across 245 screens, landing it in fifth position. The film is a sequel to 2017’s A Dog’s Purpose and was directed by Gail Mancuso. It stars Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid and Marg Helgenberger.

The other film to premiere into the top 10 was Mindblowing Films’ Mission Mangal, which brought in $309,516 across 50 screens. The film tells the story of the Indian Space Research Organisation scientists who contributed to the Mars Orbiter Mission, India’s first interplanetary expedition.

Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw took third place with a taking of $1.7m across 297 screens, followed by Palm Beach with $673,479 across 251. Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan sat in sixth position for its second week, followed by Late Night with $451,048 and $319,887 respectively.

Spider-Man: Far From Home and Toy Story 4 both managed to slip into the top 10, on their eighth and ninth weeks respectively, with Spider-Man taking $174,612 across 143 screens and Toy Story 4 $172,856 across 170.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Sony) $6,671,784 624 $6,708,919
The Lion King (2019) (Disney) $2,211,915 411 $58,379,913
Fast & Furious: Hobbs And Shaw (Universal) $1,726,612 297 $15,529,399
Palm Beach (Universal) $673,479 251 $2,501,336
Dog's Journey, A (Universal) $631,324 245 $632,140
Danger Close: The Battle Of Long Tan (Transmission) $451,048 235 $1,573,340
Late Night (Roadshow) $319,887 258 $1,596,186
Mission Mangal (Mindblowing Films) $309,516 50 $309,516
Spider-man: Far From Home (Sony) $174,612 143 $37,084,407
Toy Story 4 (Disney) $172,856 170 $41,166,626
Line Walker 2: Invisible Spy (Magnum) $91,676 15 $91,676
Yesterday (Universal) $89,691 100 $13,364,265
Midsommar (Roadshow) $79,869 16 $369,495
Batla House (Forum Films) $77,087 31 $77,087
The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (Universal) $66,133 122 $18,521,147
Hello, Love, Goodbye (Abs-cbn Distributors) $59,873 16 $247,344
The Keeper (Icon) $56,555 87 $962,528
Evaru (Tolly Movies) $53,080 14 $53,080
Who You Think I Am (Palace) $48,820 21 $554,076
Aladdin (live Action) (Disney) $37,360 44 $35,147,199

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