A new Australian film about cricket has struggled at the box office on its opening weekend.
Save Your Legs opened across an ambitious 176 screens for distributor Madman, taking $165,000, for a screen average of just $936 per screen.
The film is directed by Boyd Hicklin, who created the 2005 documentary of the same name about a team of Australian cricketers on a cricket and cultural exchange to India.
Brendan Cowell wrote the adaptation and stars in it alongside Stephen Curry and Damon Gameau. The film is produced by Bran Nue Dae’s Robyn Kershaw and Nick Batzias.
The film was previously scheduled for a January 24 release but was pushed back.
Elsewhere I Give It A Year topped the box office charts on its opening weekend. The Rose Byrne film distributed by eOne/Hopscotch made $1.395m across 224 screens for a respectable $6,228 screen average.
Side Effects opened in third place for Roadshow taking $841,000 across 177 screens for a $4,753 average while Cloud Atlas opened 10th with $355,000 across a quiet 66 screens but $5,379 screen average.
Meanwhile Silver Linings Playbook saw a resurgence for distributor Roadshow following the Oscars, taking $1.044m across 243 screens for a $4,298 average. The film is in its fifth weekend moved from third last week to second this week.
Oscar best picture winner Argo also saw a decent lift moving from 18th last week to 13th this week. The film added another $257,000 to its box office total. In its 19th week the Ben Affleck-directed film now stands at$12.219m. The film is distributed by Warner Bros.
The Paperboy, starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Lee Daniels opened on just five screens for Roadshow. The film made $29,000 for a screen average of $5879.