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.

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"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.

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Movie review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople
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WATCH: Anika Moa on the red carpet at the Wilderpeople premiere





- nzherald.co.nz