2008 Box Office round-up

01 January, 2009 by IF

By Simon de Bruyn

Baz Luhrmann’s saturation marketed Australia was easily and unsurprisingly the box office champ among Australian films released in 2008.

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However, for a clearer picture of how well Australian films have been performing in cinemas it’s worth looking at the films in its wake.

Known budgets have been added following reader requests.

FILM BOX OFFICE BUDGET
Australia $37,232,340 $150,000,000
The Black Balloon $2,258,163 $4,000,000
Children of the Silk Road  (co-pro) $1,165,962 $18,000,000
Unfinished Sky $966,160 $4,300,000
Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger $843,029 $6,000,000
Death Defying Acts  (co-pro) $713,741 $20,000,000
Dying Breed $525,384 $3,000,000
The Square $317,914  
Newcastle $213,563 $3,000,000
Cactus $160,934 $1,200,000
Son of a Lion $124,668 $485,000
Black Water $111,989 $1,200,000
Men’s Group $67,184 $1,000,000
The Tender Hook $64,232 $7,000,000
Ten Empty $49,015 $1,000,000
Crooked Business $27,804 $2,000,000
Global Haywire $21,926  
Bitter & Twisted $12,555 $200,000
The View From Greenhaven $6,648 $1,000,000
Broken Sun $5,089 $50,000
Monkey Puzzle $3,236 $1,000,000
DOCUMENTARY BOX OFFICE BUDGET
Salute $198,758 $1,850,000
Not Quite Hollywood $186,986  
Night $94,196  
Rock N Roll Nerd $33,350  
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in 12 Parts $26,768  
Celebrity: Dominick Dunne $21,427           $560,000
Whatever Happened to Brenda Hean $3,209  
Lionel $1,697  

Note: We acknowledge box office returns do not equate to profit or cash return to the filmmakers, and could be considered an arbitrary measure of a film’s success. For example, Black Water is now a profitable film, based on sales to 85 or so territories rather than its local box office. However, its the best independent measure we have to assess a film’s financial success.

Sony Pictures has been reportedly circulating the list with their 2007 release Gabriel slotted into the table. This film is a 2007 release and should not be listed among these 2008 releases.

This list has been compiled over the course of 2008/09 by INSIDEFILM. All box office numbers are taken from MPDAA stats, current as of Monday 12 January, and apply to Australian films that had a theatrical release in 2008 – and reported their numbers. Budgets are based on previously reported figures. All figures are in Australian dollars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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