While NZ is having a quiet year for theatrical releases of local titles, the Australian industry is doing happy dances with the news this week that local titles there have beaten the box office take that’s stood since 2001.
Back in 2001, Aussie titles took AU$63.4 million. Box office figures published Monday took this year’s take to AU$64 million, with almost 12 weeks of the year still to go. More Australian titles are set to release before the year’s end, including The Dressmaker.
Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason, CEO of Screen Australia said, “It’s so wonderful to see Australian films connecting so strongly this year,” before adding an unintentionally double-edged comment, “Australian films have well and truly over-performed.”
It’s fair to note that almost one third of the total earnings have come from one title, Mad Max: Fury Road (pictured), as happened in 2001 when Moulin Rouge was released.
Mason also noted the diversity of story types among Australian films released this year, several of which have also travelled well. So far, more Australian titles than NZ titles have had non-festival theatrical releases in New Zealand this year.
The best-performing Australian films at the Australian box office for 2015 (to 4 October) are:
Mad Max Fury Road: AU$21.65 million
The Water Diviner: AU$10.18 million
Paper Planes: AU$9.65 million
Oddball: AU$8.12 million
Last Cab to Darwin: AU$7.15 million
Blinky Bill The Movie: AU$2.32 million
That Sugar Film: AU$1.71 million
Holding the Man: AU$1.14 million
Ruben Guthrie: AU$0.42 million
Manny Lewis: AU$0.41 million