Aussie Films Set New Box Office Record

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  • Article by Amy Bradney-George
  • October 09, 2015 at 12:43 PM

Australian film has broken the local box office record for the first time in 14 years, with $64 million in takings for 2015 so far.

The previous all-time box office record was $63.4 million in 2001, when hits including Moulin Rouge, Lantana, The Man Who Sued God and Crocodile Dundee were released.

Screen Australia says the results for 2015 so far are incredibly promising, with upcoming major Australian films such as The Dressmaker expected to add millions more in revenue.

“I think we’re on track for a particularly outstanding year – my prediction is that we’ll reach over $70 million by the end of 2015, setting a new benchmark,” Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason says in a press statement.

While Mason says that the film industry can be cyclical and that this year’s results may not indicate success for future years, he says it’s important to “celebrate success when it comes along”.

He says this year’s films shine a light on what Australian life is like at the moment, “what we care about and what our values are”.

“We’ve seen films about nostalgia and heroism, good-humoured family larks, personal struggles and social conscience,” he says.

“In a year that’s seen a lot of turmoil, Australians have looked for stories that reflect their darker side as well as their care for social issues, and their need to laugh. Film, like all the arts, helps us make sense of the world around us, and reflects us back to ourselves. We’ve clearly had a year to remember!”

The ten highest performing Australian films at the domestic box office for 2015 to date are:

  1. Mad Max Fury Road: $21.65 million
  2. The Water Diviner: $10.18 million
  3. Paper Planes: $9.65 million
  4. Oddball: $8.12 million
  5. Last Cab to Darwin: $7.15 million
  6. Blinky Bill The Movie: $2.32 million
  7. That Sugar Film: $1.71 million
  8. Holding the Man: $1.14 million
  9. Ruben Guthrie: $0.42 million
  10. Manny Lewis: $0.41 million

Based on these initial figures, some of these films will earn a new spot on the list of Australia’s Most Popular Films!

Images: A snapshot of Aussie films tweeted by Screen Australia, source: Screen Australia on Twitter; a screenshot of The Dressmaker website, source: supplied.

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