Everest reaches apex at Oz box office

7.Everest reaches apex at Oz box office


(Australian Associated Press)

Epic disaster movie Everest peaked at the Australian box office on its opening weekend.

Starring Australian actor Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal, Everest raked in $3.202 million in ticket sales to take over top spot from Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials ($2.450 million) which slipped to second.

Sci-fi action-comedy Pixels, about aliens attacking the Earth in the form of video games, grossed $1.642 million to hold down third place for a second straight week.

Music biopic Straight Outta Compton fell two spots to fourth after $1.20 million in takings while the Aussie kids movie Oddball got off to a solid start.

Based on the true story of a sheepdog which chased off foxes which in turn saved a colony of penguins off the coast of Warrnambool in Victoria, Oddball was fifth with $984,000 in sales.

It beat Emily Blunt’s US crime thriller Sicario ($407,106) and Australian animated flick Blinky Bill The Movie ($253,148). They came in sixth and seventh respectively.

A Walk in the Woods ($225,764) slipped from fourth to eighth while The Gift ($163,702) was ninth and Meryl Streep’s drama Ricki and the Flash ($130,683) was 10th.


1. Everest (Universal) – $3.202 million

2. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Fox) – $2.450 million

3. Pixels (Sony Pictures) – $1.642 million

4. Straight Outta Compton (Universal) – $1.230 million

5. Oddball (Roadshow) $984, 958

6. Sicario (Roadshow) $407,106

7. Blinky Bill The Movie (Studio Canal) – $253,148

8. A Walk in the Woods (Entertainment One) – $225,764

9. The Gift (Roadshow) – $163,702

10. Ricki and the Flash (Sony Pictures) – $130,683

*(Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia)


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