The award-winning crime drama ANIMAL KINGDOM opened on the 3rd June on 48 screens nationally and has taken an extremely healthy $604,139 on its opening weekend.
The film released in Australia against U.S blockbusters Sex in the City 2 and Prince of Persia, and has opened at # 4 on the Australian Box Office charts with a screen average of $12,586.
Animal Kingdom has received glowing reviews from critics nationally and much admiration has been bestowed on writer-director, David Michôd, for his directorial debut and the fantastic ensemble cast.
5 stars “A strong contender for best film of the year” Sunday Telegraph
4 ½ stars, Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton, At the Movies
“An unmissable film experience” Lisa Hensley, Harper’s Bazaar.
“I doubt we will see a better film in 2010″ Aintitcool.com
“It is a coolly made, riveting exploration of choices, a devastating portrayal by an impeccable ensemble cast of the dynamics of a family at war with itself and the world.” The Age
Producer Liz Watts said of the result “ Its a fantastic response to the film – the critics have loved it, and now we are really delighted that audiences around Australia have embraced Animal Kingdom at the cinema – its great!”.
Madman Theatrical distribution manger, James Hewison “ These results are proof perfect that not only have critics, domestically and internationally acknowledged ANIMAL KINGDOM as an incendiary debut, but Australian audiences DO have a hunger for substantial local cinema – watch this space!”.
ANIMAL KINGDOM is a powerful psychological crime drama set in Melbourne’s underworld featuring an all star ensemble cast including Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce, Luke Ford, Jacki Weaver, Sullivan Stapleton and introducing James Frecheville.
Due to the strength of the box office results the film will expand screen numbers from this upcoming long weekend, further details of which will be available on the website www.madman.com.au <http://www.madman.com.au/>
U.S distributors, Sony Picture Classics, are now gearing up for the North American release of the film on the 13th August. ANIMAL KINDGOM has been sold to international markets including US and Latin American markets (Sony Pictures Classic), United Kingdom (Optimum Releasing), France (ARP Selection) Italy (Mikado Films), Scandinavia (Scanbox Entertainment), Benelux (Paradiso), Spain (Avalon), Germany (Atlas) and Commonwealth of Independent States, former Russia (Film Depot).