Finding Nemo showed good resilience in its second weekend against the launch of BVI stable-mate Pirates Of The Carribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl. The swashbuckler stole the top spot but there was little between them.
Speaking of resilience, local picture Whale Rider (also handled by BVI) is still refusing to stay out of the chart for long despite being on release for an extraordinary 33 weeks. It has grossed NZ$6.3m to date. Another local title, Kombi Nation, returned to the top 20 this week when it expanded to eight screens (it opened four weeks ago at three) and climbed 172% and 11 places.
The other new release to feature in this week's chart was Ken Loach's acclaimed drama Sweet Sixteen. The gritty tale of a Scottish teenager's struggle to lead a normal family life following his mother's release from prison went out on just two screens for local distributor Fresh Films and scored the fifth best average of the weekend.