(Australian Associated Press)
Dirty Grandpa, starring a very crude Robert De Niro, has topped the Australian Box office for a second week in a row.
The comedy, co-starring Zac Efron, took in $1.499 million over the weekend, increasing its total haul to $4.6 million.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s bear-fighting, survival epic The Revenant, was the second most seen film over the weekend. The Alejandro Inarritu-directed film has been tipped as DiCaprio’s strongest chance at the Best Actor Oscar and has proved popular in Australia taking in over $17.5 million since its release five weeks ago.
Previews for Ben Stiller’s satirical strut down the catwalk in Zoolander 2 landed the film in third position. The comedy sequel will likely fare even better when it officially opens on Thursday.
Academy Award front-runner Spotlight, about the Boston Globe’s investigation into systemic child sex abuse by Boston Roman Catholic priests, jumped one place to fourth at the Aussie box office in its second week of release.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in fifth place and has made a whopping $91 million in Australia since its release two months ago. The sci-fi juggernaut has already surpassed the $US2 billion ($A2.83 billion) mark worldwide putting it in the same league as Titanic and Avatar.
Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight dropped two places to No 5.
The Choice, based on a book written by The Notebook author Nicholas Sparks and starring Australian actress Teresa Palmer, opened in seventh place, while financial comedy/drama The Big Short hangs on to No 8.
Sci-fi thriller The 5th Wave was in ninth place and the Amy Poehler and Tina Fey comedy Sisters rounded out the top ten.
TOP 10 FILMS FOR THE WEEKEND FEBRUARY 4 TO 7:
1. Dirty Grandpa (Entertainment One) – $1.499 million
2. The Revenant (Fox) – $1.069 million
3. Zoolander 2 (Paramount) – $922,775
4. Spotlight (Entertainment One) – $762,503
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Walt Disney) – $754,425
6. The Hateful Eight (Roadshow) – $697,994
7. The Choice (Roadshow) – $602,683
8. The Big Short (Paramount) – $561,118
9. The 5th Wave (Sony Pictures) – $470,863
10. Sisters (Universal) -$384,245
* (Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia)