A second Australia sport-themed film has had a disappointing box office opening.
Despite a PR push from producer Sam Kekovich, Blinder took less than $50,000 on its opening weekend, despite opening on 99 screens. It averaged just $498 of takings per screen.
The AFL drama stars Rose McIver, Anna Hutchison, Jack Thompson and Angus Sampson and is distributed by Indies. Directed by Richard Gray, the film was the first to be distributed by Backlot Studios, who charge producers a flat fee.
This is the second Australian film in as many weeks to perform badly at the box office, with Brendan Cowell’s cricket flick Save Your Legs opening to less-than-ideal numbers.
Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful topped the box office, taking almost $5 million in its opening weekend, with fellow opener 21 and Over in second place with $821,576.
Oz, which stars James Franco, opened to 268 screens, making an average of $17,812 per screen.