Australian film Wish You Were Here has taken $279,538 in its first weekend.
Distributed by Hopscotch/eOne, the film opened across 38 screens for an impressive weekend screen average of $7,356, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.
This week films opened day a day earlier than normal, on Wednesday 25 April, to take advantage of the Anzac Day public holiday.
As a result, the film’s overall box office total is $328,853.
The film was this weekend’s number one film in limited release.
Directed by Keiran Darcy-Smith of the Blue Tongue Films collective and produced by Angie Fielder for Aquarius Films, the thriller, shot partly in Sydney and partly in Cambodia about the disappearance of one member of a group of friends on a South-East Asian holiday, opened this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Elsewhere in this week’s releases, The Avengers took $13.288m at the box office across a massive 621 screens for a screen average of $21,398. The taking made the film the eighth highest opening weekend in Australian box office history, and with Sunday’s massive $6m haul, took the film’s total to $19.3m.
The weekend also saw an impressive leap up the charts by The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel from position six last week to position three this week after six weeks in theatres.
Also in new openings, The Way, distributed by Umbrella Entertainment took $0.138m over the weekend across 35 screens for an average of $3952 and total average, including Wednesday, of $201,509.
Cafe De Flore, distributed by Icon Films, took $64,000 across 19 screens for a $3,379 average for a total, including Wednesday, of $110,299.