Breaker Upperers opening weekend smashes Bridesmaids

  • 07/05/2018

Kiwi female-driven comedy The Breaker Upperers has blitzed the local box office this weekend, grossing more in its first four days than that of US female comedy Bridesmaids.

The comedy about two women who work in the business of breaking up couples opened in New Zealand cinemas on Friday. Since then, it's brought in $424,000 - ahead of the $401,000 Bridesmaids garnered in 2011.

Kiwi comediennes Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami directed, wrote and starred in the comedy, and say they're "stoked" at its initial success.

"Apparently, quite a few of you saw our film over the weekend! Cinemas turned people away, ice creams sold out  and although that may have been frustrating for you, we couldn't be happier, so thank you!" says Van Beek.

"I'm stoked so many New Zealander's sat in the dark ignoring each other to watch our movie over the weekend!" Sami added.

"No pressure, but it's really the cool thing to do. So if you haven't seen it yet, do."

Boy's James Rolleston also stars, and Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi co-produced the flick.

Waititi tweeted over the weekend, telling his followers to go see the "funniest NZ film of the year".