Roadshow sent Alexanderin to battle for the hearts and minds of Australians but UIP's Meet TheFockers remained the most popular film at the box office for the fifthconsecutive weekend. It grossed A$1,762,667 from 290 screens compared to theA$1,667,851 clocked up by Alexander, which had the disadvantage of beingon about 100 less screens. In its opening weekend Alexander was able toclaim the highest screen average, however, of A$8,919.
Fockers could well pass the A$30,000 mark within a week, anillustration of just how much this territory loves a good comedy. After it, Alexander,BVI's The Incredibles, which is on more screens than any other filmdespite now being in its fifth week, and Racing Stripes, came Alfie,the only other opener that made it into the chart. It grossed A$885,019 from144 screens for UIP to land fifth position. The film had the second highestscreen average.
Sideways was in its third weekend of previews for 20thCentury Fox, taking A$185,314 from 52 screens. UIP is also previewing Ray,which just scraped into the top 20 chart.