(Australian Associated Press)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 has dominated Australian movie theatres at the weekend, pushing James Bond film Spectre down the list.
The final film in the science-fiction franchise, starring Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence and Woody Harrelson, debuted this week, raking in $9.832 million.
The result came as the movie debuted lower than expected the US in what critics reckoned is a possible sign interest in the dystopian world of Panem has crested.
The Hunger Games’s performance in Australia at the weekend outshone James Bond film Spectre, which was nudged from top spot in its second week of release.
Aussie movie The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet, about a woman with a sewing machine hellbent on revenge, also was pushed down a place to third.
Thriller Secret in Their Eyes, starring Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, debuted this week in fourth place.
Meanwhile, Matt Damon’s film The Martian, about a manned mission to Mars, fell from third to fifth spot.
Steven Spielberg movie Bridge of Spies dropped a place to sixth while the debut of Taiwanese romantic comedy Our Times came in at seventh.
The Last Witch Hunter, starring Vin Diesel, slipped from sixth to eighth while Bollywood romantic drama Prem Ratan Dhan Payo fell from fourth to ninth.
Rounding out the list was Chinese romance flick A Journey Through Time with Antony which debuted at tenth.
TOP 10 FILMS FOR THE WEEKEND NOVEMBER 19 TO 22:
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (Roadshow) $9.832 million
2. Spectre (Sony Pictures) $5.484 million
3. The Dressmaker (Universal) $1.237 million
4. Secret In Their Eyes (Roadshow) $598,196
5. The Martian (Fox) $260,800
6. Bridge of Spies (Fox) $226,481
7. Our Times (Magnum Films) $148,302
8. The Last Witch Hunter (Entertainment One) $127,672
9. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (Mindblowing Films) $118,146
10. A Journey Through Time with Antony (Chinalion Film) $76,799
* Source Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.