Wilderpeople's box office stampede continues

Julian Dennison inThe  Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
Julian Dennison inThe Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople continues to run rampant at the New Zealand box office.

After a record opening weekend of $1.3 million, it has set a first-week record for a local film with a gross of $1,745,090.

That beats the previous record held by set by What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? which grossed $1,244,412 in its opening seven days.

Director Taika Waititi took the news in his usual style.

"If I were American I'd be doing a fist-pump and screaming 'We're number one! We're number one!'. But I'm a Kiwi so I'll pretend it's not really a big deal and just stand around looking embarrassed by the achievement. Ah screw it, I'll allow myself one fist-pump."

The film's backers will be watching closely the acclaimed film's fortunes on its second weekend.

Waititi's Kiwi box office champ Boy kicked off with a $600,000 opening in 2010, but increased its take on the following four weekends before grossing a record $9 million-plus.

Read more:
Movie review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Take the Wilderpeople quiz

WATCH: Anika Moa on the red carpet at the Wilderpeople premiere

- nzherald.co.nz

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter


© Copyright 2016, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production apcf05 at 29 Oct 2016 03:39:26 Processing Time: 2857ms