Columbia TriStar's S.W.A.T has topped the Australian chart on its opening weekend with a A$2,741,337 gross from 246 screens. It managed to more than double the ticket sales of UIP's School Of Rock, and pushed the comedy down into second position for what was its second weekend on release. Putting aside The Matrix Revolutions and the IMAX film Titanic 3D, S.W.A.T's screen average of A$11,143 is the highest for a non-IMAX film for eight weeks.
Roadshow films take up the next four spots in the box office stakes. Elf took A$1,040,070 from 195 screens, or about A$200,000 less than School Of Rock on two less screens, to cross the finish line in third position on its opening weekend. Matrix and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre follow. They have been in the charts for four and two weeks respectively, both dropping two places from the previous weekend. Mystic River did well to take A$526,488 from its modest 83-screen release as its screen average of A$6,343 attests.
The other two newcomers this week were Good Boy!, which 20th Century Fox's would have expected to gross more than its A$181,383 given the size of the release, and Kal Ho Naa Ho from fledgling India distributor MG Distribution.