Paramount’s live action/CGI adaptation of the Sega video game Sonic the Hedgehog won the weekend derby in Australia while the historic four Oscar wins paid off for Madman Entertainment’s Parasite.
Universal/Working Title’s update of Jane Austen’s classic novel Emma and Blumhouse/Sony Pictures’ Fantasy Island inspired by the 1980s TV series both had middling debuts.
Warner Bros’ true-life drama Richard Jewell tanked, another misfire for Clint Eastwood following The Mule and The 15:17 to Paris.
Meanwhile Madman’s The Leunig Fragments, a feature doc from writer-director Kasimir Burgess, had a low-key bow on limited screens and sessions.
The top 20 titles generated $15.6 million, 7 per cent up on the previous frame, according to Numero.
The feature debut of director Jeff Fowler, Sonic the Hedgehog scored $3.8 million on 365 screens. Village Cinemas national film programming manager Geoff Chard rated that as a very solid start,