News August 2, 2018

André Rieu storms into Aussie box office alongside Mamma Mia and Whitney

Helen Macklin
André Rieu storms into Aussie box office alongside Mamma Mia and Whitney

André Rieu’s 2018 version of his annual Maastricht concert has proven to be another hit for the king of waltz at the Australian box office.

Last weekend, it debuted at #3 after three days, generating A$1.29 million on 133 screens.

Set against the stunning medieval backdrop of the town square in Rieu’s Dutch hometown, the spectacular Maastricht concert features the maestro with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and various guests.

The film of his 2017 show grossed $3 million internationally.

The biggest crowd puller remains Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again, which has made $9.5 million in ten days

It generated $2.8 million last weekend, double that of The Equaliser 2 in the second spot, although the number of screens has dropped from 587 screens to 531.

The Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again soundtrack went up to #1 from #4 this week on the ARIA chart.

The album to the original Mamma Mia! spent five weeks at #1 in July/August 2008 – this week it’s returned to the chart at #32.

The new Whitney doc is out on its first week and has made $75,000 (US$49, 870) off 49 screens.

The second feature on the troubled singer in ten months, it had the blessing of the Houston estate.

Director Kevin Macdonald got access to many of her relatives and home movies.

The film is a sad portrait of a genuine talent who, in the end, was caught between a parasitic father, a troubled husband and her longtime confidante who interestingly was not interviewed for this.

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