Hunt for the Wilderpeople romps into the #1 slot, taking over 1.5 times Mahana’s five-week total and closing on $2 million.
The $1,745,090 take for the opening week takes the opening week record for a NZ film (from What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? at $1,244,412). Taika Waititi said, “If I were American I’d be doing a fist-pump and screaming ‘We’re number one! We’re number one!’. But I’m a Kiwi so I’ll pretend it’s not really a big deal and just stand around looking embarrassed by the achievement. Ah screw it, I’ll allow myself one fist-pump.”
Mahana remains in the top ten, and Three Wise Cousins makes for three NZ titles in the top twenty. When did that last happen?