Waititi's Wilderpeople breaks box office records

By Aroha Treacher
  • Australia

Taika Waititi's latest movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople is breaking New Zealand box office records.

It's opening weekend took the country's biggest gross earnings for a local film at $1,263,035.

The feature film a fourth for Waititi is now sitting as the second highest grossing film ever at the New Zealand box office, second only to his previous film released in 2010 Boy.

Grossing $7.5 million and screening at over a 100 cinemas  nationwide, ticket sales are through the roof, with many sessions either sold out or nearly full to capacity.

"Recently it is one of our most popular movies," says Celina Tamou Duty Manager for Focal Point Cinema in Hastings.

In the four days after its release the film then went on to break previous opening week records, taking $1,745,090 in its first seven days.

Waititi said “I would like to say it’s a life long dream come true and now I feel complete, but to be honest, I won’t be happy until I have all three top spots.”

The film is due to be shown in Australia at the end of May and will be shown to audiences in America on the 24th June.