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Blockbuster year at NZ box office

The late run by Star Wars: the Force Awakens helped the NZ box office to $193 million, 5.5% ahead of its 2014’s record earnings.

Star Wars, Fast & Furious 7, Jurassic World, Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Minions took over $6 million each.

MPDA Chairman Andrew Cornwell welcomed the figures, saying, “We are very pleased to see an increase of $10 million in total revenues from 2015 above 2014, which was in itself a record breaking year.”

The 10 most popular films took $62.7 million, just under a third of the total take. That $62.7 million was $16.3 million ahead of the take by the top 10 films of 2014, suggesting that the market may have contracted for smaller and independent releases during 2015. The overall exhibition market grew slightly in 2015, with 10 new digital screens opened. NZ now has 418 cinema screens. At its busiest, Star Wars was playing on over half of them.

With the Copyright Law scheduled for review this year Cornwell stated, “It’s crucial that the Government recognises strong copyright laws are needed to ensure the continued vibrancy and growth of the creative sector.”

The top ten performers of 2015 were:

# Title Released Take
1 *Star Wars: The Force Awakens 17 December 9,154,322
2 Fast & Furious 7 2 April 8,257,329
3 Jurassic World 11 June 7,780,312
4 Avengers: Age Of Ultron 23 April 6.887.949
5 Minions 25 June 6,092,849
6 Spectre 12 November 5,869,176
7 Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 19 November 5,006,690
8 Inside Out 25 June 4,935,349
9 Pitch Perfect 2 7 May 4,807,919
10 The Martian 30 September 3,939,138
Total 62,731,033
* Still on release at 30 December 2015
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