Ride Like a Girl tops Australian box office, takes $1.7m in first weekend

Rachel Griffiths’ directorial debut Ride Like a Girl, the story of jockey Michelle Payne who became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015, has topped the Australian box office on its opening weekend, taking $1.665m across 270 screens.

The film, which stars Teresa Palmer as Payne alongside Sam Neill and Brooke Satchwell, toppled Downton Abbey which has held the top spot for two weeks and took a further $1.418m across 306 screens over the weekend, adding to a total of $9.61m.

Teresa Palmer plays jockey Michelle Payne in Ride Like a Girl

Sci-fi flick Ad Astra took the third spot with a further $1.220m in takings across 321 screens, for a running total of $3.9m at the Australian box office. Both it and Downton Abbey fell 37% in revenue on last weekend.

Universal animated film Abominable jumped on last week, rising 30% to take $1.189m across 282 screens for its second week out, making it the highest-grossing children’s movie for the weekend. It was followed by The Angry Birds Movie 2 which also increased on last week, rising 19% to $1.097m.

Comedy Good Boys was in sixth place with a taking of $967,974 across 227 screens for its second week. Dora and the Lost City of Gold took $839,373 across 291 screens to land seventh.

André Øvredal’s reimagining of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark took $806,623 for its first weekend, playing across 209 screens. The horror film is based on the children’s series of the same name, written by Alvin Schwartz, and adapted by Dan and Kevin Hageman, from a screen story by producer Guillermo del Toro.

It: Chapter 2 and Rambo: Last Blood rounded out the top 10 with $802,926 and $580,229 respectively.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Ride Like A Girl (Transmission) $1,665,034 270 $2,357,803
Downton Abbey (Universal) $1,418,577 306 $9,610,493
Ad Astra (Fox) $1,220,111 321 $3,901,597
Abominable (Universal) $1,189,694 282 $2,958,988
The Angry Birds Movie 2 (Sony) $1,097,306 368 $4,603,170
Good Boys (Universal) $967,974 227 $3,298,540
Dora And The Lost City Of Gold (Paramount) $839,373 291 $2,606,628
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (Universal) $806,623 209 $806,623
It: Chapter 2 (Wb) $802,929 284 $14,486,151
Rambo: Last Blood (Roadshow) $580,229 284 $1,910,487
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Sony) $309,477 126 $20,676,768
Uglydolls (Roadshow) $173,253 250 $408,063
The Lion King (2019) (Disney) $138,078 106 $63,544,789
The Goldfinch (Wb) $110,789 40 $126,620
The Farewell (Roadshow) $93,242 68 $1,257,906
Dream Girl (Zee Studios) $84,911 29 $507,967
Angel Has Fallen (Roadshow) $48,982 54 $5,779,888
The Dead Don't Die (Universal) $39,217 14 $176,977
Exhibition On Screen: Rembrandt (2019) (Seventh Art Production) $38,613 41 $38,613
Nikka Zaildar 3 (Forum Films) $31,864 17 $232,542

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