Tom Cruise led the samurai charge that finally toppled The Return Of The King from its Christmas holiday number one position, but not before the Rings finale had scooped a few thousand dollars short of A$38m from its Australian showings. The Last Samurai had a big opening weekend -- A$3,401,421 from 274 screens, an impressive average of A$12,413 per screen.
With no other big openings, there were good second weeks for Something's Gotta Give (screen average A$9,149), Cheaper By The Dozen (A$8,415) and Honey (A$8,273).
In its 4th week, Lost In Translation (A$8,826) continues to attract good-sized arthouse audiences; as does crowd-pleaser Love Actually, which added another A$1,123,554 to its excellent four week total, now over A$14.75m.
It was yet another packed week for IMAX winner Titanic 3D - Ghosts Of The Abyss, with a sensational screen average A$44,753. Playing six times a day on only two screens -- one in Sydney, one in Melbourne -- the underwater documentary has taken over A$2.3m, IMAX's best result for 2003/4.