Source: The Mercury, 26 November, 1996, p.13


Shine sparkles on US
debut, stardom ahead

San Diego

THE acclaimed Australian movie 
Shine opened to packed theatres 
in Los Angeles and New York last 
weekend, earning more money 
per screen than any of the big 
budget films in release.

   The overall box office stakes in 
the United States were easily 
won by the eighth Star Trek 
movie, First Contact, which 
beamed up $A37.50 million. 
Michael Jordan's Space Jam was 
second with $20.44m in ticket 
sales followed by Mel Gibson's 
thriller Ransom, which raked in 
$16.87m.

   But the film industry also 
gauges box office success by how 
much a movie earns for each 
theatre, and Shine, playing in 
just six theatres, quietly outsold 
the big guns in it's very limited 
release.

   It earned an average of $28,863 
for each screen it was show on 
compared with $13,336 for First 
Contact, $7714 for Space Jam, and 
$6095 for Ransom.

   None of the top 10 movies came 
close to the Shine performance in 
per screen average earnings, a 
measurement of how busy the 
theatres are.

   The Shine first week box office 
total of $202,000 was just a taste 
of what's in store for the 
critically-acclaimed movie. It 
opens in Chicago next weekend  
and is scheduled for wider re-
lease throughout the US closer to 
Christmas. The prediction is it 
will be in between 500 and 700 
theatres by January.


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