'Boy' flicks 'Titans' aside on box office march

By Russell Baillie

'Boy', set on the East Coast, is the country's number-one movie for the second week running. Photo / Supplied
'Boy', set on the East Coast, is the country's number-one movie for the second week running. Photo / Supplied

After running second to Clash of the Titans over Easter at the New Zealand box office, local hit Boy has overhauled the Hollywood fantasy blockbuster to be the country's number-one film for the second week running.

The Taika Waititi-directed comedy increased its take from its first week, grossing $1,254,940 after its haul of $866,121 in the opening seven days. It returned to the number-one spot after Titans took $959,145 to its $909,017 over Easter, with the big-budget epic playing on 18 more screens nationwide.

Boy's total $2,134,831 take means it is now the seventh biggest Kiwi film at the New Zealand box office, having now pipped 2008 hit Second Hand Wedding ($1,642,508). It's on track to overtake number six movie Footrot Flats ($2.42 million).

Its momentum suggests it won't be long before it becomes a top-five movie and - if it passes Sione's Wedding - our biggest box office comedy of all time.

THE TOP 10 NZ FILMS

1. $7,047,000 - The World's Fastest Indian.
2. $6,795,000 - Once Were Warriors.
3. $6,400,000 - Whale Rider.
4. $4,075,000 - Sione's Wedding.
5. $3,200,991 - What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted.
6. $2,420,000 - Footrot Flats.
7. $2,134,831 - Boy.
8. $1,642,508 - Second-Hand Wedding.
9. $1,600,000 - Goodbye Pork Pie.
10. $1,506,195 - In My Father's Den.

- NZ Herald

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