Starsky & Hutch grossed A$4,350,736 for BVI from 288 screens, which was more than double the result of any other film in Australia during the extra long Easter holiday weekend - the figure is for five days instead of the usual four and includes two public holidays. The film's A$15,106 screen average, which was also a chart topper, indicates it will keep performing strongly for many weeks to come.
In no other week this year has there been so many opening films in the top 20 chart. While the next best performer of these new titles was Columbia TriStar's Secret Window, which grossed A$1,523,735 from 194 screens, it failed to attract as many ticket sales as 50 First Dates, Scooby-Doo 2 and The Cat In The Hat, and could only claim the fifth spot.
Of the new teen faces, UIP's Win A Date With Tad Hamilton! (8th) sold A$610,610 worth of tickets to 141 screens, and BVI's Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen (10th) grossed A$262,038 from 120 screens.
The three other openers had cinemas bulging at the seams nearly as much as Starsky & Hutch did, but they were arthouse titles on limited release. Hopscotch's The Barbarian Invasions (12th) grossed A$215,829 from just 15 screens, giving it A$14,388 screen average. Sharmill's Ruby & Quentin (Tais-Toi!) (15th) grossed A$148,893 from 12 screens, which equated to a A$12,407 per screen, and Palace's Nathalie (19th) grossed A$79,186 from just seven screens, giving it a screen average of A$11,312.
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind screened on previews only. Percentage changes reflect this week's five-day frame against last week's shorter four-day frame.