According to a press release from Icon, The Iron Lady had the number one screen average of all the films released on Boxing Day. Opening on 114 screens, in four days since December 26, it has taken $1,936,562 for an impressive $16,987 screen average.
By way of comparison, Steven Spielberg’s pairing of The Adventures of Tin Tin and War Horse came in second and third place, with screen averages of $11,045 and $9,236 respectively. Of course, it should also be noted that they were likely to be playing on a lot more screens than The Iron Lady.
A total of 8 films opened on Boxing Day this year, with Cameron Crowe’s We Bought A Zoo, George Miller’s Happy Feet Two, Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In, Rodrigo García’s Albert Nobbs and Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist filling out one of the busiest days in the Australian release calendar.
The film, which stars Meryl Streep as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, opened in Australia ahead of the US (December 30) and surprisingly, the UK (January 6).