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The Sapphires claims biggest box office opening weekend of the year for an Aussie film

New Australian film The Sapphires has had a strong debut at the box office, taking the highest opening weekend by an Australian film this year.

The film, distributed by Hopscotch/eOne has grossed $2.34m at the most recent count, with figures being finalised, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.

The Sapphires took a respectable screen average of $8387 across 279 screens.

The film’s cumulative total, including sneak previews bumps the film up to $2.59m.

Directed by Wayne Blair and produced by Rosemary Blight and Kylie Du Fresne, and written by Tony Briggs and Keith Thompson the film is about an all-girl Indigenous soul group going to Vietnam to entertain the troops.

It beat out previous 2012 Australian top film A Few Best Men which opened in January with $1.8m.

The Sapphires beat the Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis film The Campaign, distributed by Warner Bros, also in its opening weekend. The film took $2.038m across 229 screens for a $8,903 screen average.

Despite the Australian film’s strong showing, The Dark Knight Rises, distributed by Warner Bros, remained on top of the box office this weekend, taking another $2.742m. Still open across 501 screens, the film had a $5,473 screen average.

Australian documentary I Am Eleven, distributed by Proud Mother Pictures took another $15,248 across nine screens taking the film, by Genevieve Bailey up to $193,101 total.

Not Suitable For Children, directed by Peter Templeman and distributed by Icon, took another $9,232 across 11 screens bumping its gross to $487,00.

Rolf De Heer’s The King Is Dead, distributed by Pinnacle Films, took $3,320 across three screens building its total box office to $64,000.

Craig Lahiff’s Swerve, distributed by Jump Street re-entered the limited release report on one screen to take $2,211. The film has taken $70,700 to date.

Elsewhere in limited release, Sirphrie, distributed by Indies, took $23,197 across nine screens for a $2,577 screen average.

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