Team America: WorldPolice, in its first weekend incinemas, tried hard to dislodge National Treasure from the top of thechart but fell just short and had to be satisfied with second place.
National Treasure took A$1,241,160 from 276 screens for BVI in whatwas its second weekend on release, compared to Team America'sA$1,229,097 from 155 screens for UIP, which equated to the highest screenaverage in the chart, it being A$7,930.
Two other opening films, Sawfrom Hoyts and Christmas With The Kranks from Columbia TriStar, failedto dent the staying power of Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason, whichwas third for the weekend. The UIP film is now in its fourth weekend but,admittedly, it is screening on 306 screens, which is more than any other filmon release.
Bridget Jones grossed A$1,130,679 compared to Saw'sA$1,100,006 from 161 screens, and Christmas With The Cranks' A$881,907from 223 screens. Saw is the debut film of two Australians, the directorJames Wan and actor Leigh Whannell, who co-wrote the script, and their successstory has garnered lots of media attention for the horror flick.