The Hunt for the Wilderpeople's box office take just got much bigger

Taika Waititi's runaway local hit The Hunt for the Wilderpeople is running away even faster.

It has pipped its strong opening weekend box office with an bigger take on its second weekend - and its gross ticket sales have sailed past $3 million in less than two weeks at the cinema.

The film pulled in $1,324,274 on its second weekend, after an opening weekend take of $1,319,365.

After a first-week box office of $1,745,090, the film has passed $3 million in total earnings, meaning it is already the country's seventh top-grossing locally-backed film.

Wilderpeople follows the pattern of Waititi's Kiwi box office champ Boy. It kicked off with a relatively modest $600,000 opening in 2010 but increased its take on the following four weekends.

Boy ended up with a local box office gross of more than $9 million, which is still the biggest take for a New Zealand film at home.

Waititi's previous local feature, 2014's What We Do in the Shadows, grossed slightly over $2.5 million at NZ cinemas.

Wilderpeople had a reported production budget of $3 million.


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