Romantic comedy Last Christmas storms to the top of the box office with $2.2m in takings for its first weekend

One of the first holiday films of the season, romantic comedy Last Christmas, has shot straight to the top of the Australian box office, taking $2.2m across its first weekend and knocking off last week’s winner Terminator: Dark Fate.

Last Christmas stars Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding and was directed by Paul Feig. It was co-written by Bryony Kimmings and Emma Thompson, who also appears in the film. Clarke is a Christmas store employee who falls for Golding after he continuously appears in her life.

Last Christmas stars Game Of Throne’s Emilia Clarke and Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding

Terminator fell into second place with $1.65m – a 51% drop from last week – across 410 screens, adding to a total of $6.12m in Australian takings. The film, which stars the original characters from the first two films in the franchise, has been met with mixed reviews from critics.

With a further $1.20m for its sixth week out, Joker held onto third place. It adds to $37.42m in total Australian takings, and was shown across 270 screens. It managed to slip ahead of Doctor Sleep which premiered to just $805,621. The film, based on the book of the same title by Stephen King, picks up years after the ending of The Shining. The novel was written in 1977.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil came next, adding a further $740,771 to its $7.84m, followed by Chinese drama film Better Days which premiered to $458,998 across 31 screens. Zombieland: Double Tap took $425,056 across 272 screens for its fourth week, adding to $5.42m in total takings for seventh position.

Judy Garland biopic Judy took $329,909 across 155 screens, and Hustlers landed another $328,164 across 210. The two films have been out for four and five weeks respectively.

The top 10 was finished with Ride Like A Girl which managed another $294,184 across 229 screens for its seventh week out. It has taken a total of $10.22m across its run.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Last Christmas (Universal) $2,202,916 393 $2,202,916
Terminator: Dark Fate (Disney) $1,649,760 410 $6,120,438
Joker (Wb) $1,202,360 270 $37,430,379
Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep (Wb) $805,621 345 $805,621
Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil (Disney) $740,771 272 $7,966,924
Better Days (Magnum) $458,998 31 $465,857
Zombieland: Doubletap (Sony) $425,056 247 $5,454,265
Judy (Universal) $329,909 155 $2,414,176
Hustlers (Roadshow) $328,164 210 $8,802,752
Ride Like A Girl (Transmission) $294,184 229 $11,038,216
Bala (Mindblowing Films) $204,241 31 $204,241
Arctic Justice (Icon) $149,310 177 $207,186
47 Meters Down: Uncaged (Roadshow) $132,856 162 $558,384
Pain And Glory (Universal) $107,008 23 $308,149
Pavarotti (Madman) $105,193 68 $708,695
Abominable (Universal) $102,264 126 $9,191,347
Blinded By The Light (Universal) $80,221 53 $619,633
Ready Or Not (Fox) $68,995 100 $991,254
Housefull 4 (Mindblowing Films) $56,505 28 $730,844
Downton Abbey (Universal) $54,413 73 $13,594,602

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