By Simon de Bruyn
Baz Luhrmann’s saturation marketed Australia was easily and unsurprisingly the box office champ among Australian films released in 2008.
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.
|The Black Balloon||$2,258,163||$4,000,000|
|Children of the Silk Road (co-pro)||$1,165,962||$18,000,000|
|Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger||$843,029||$6,000,000|
|Death Defying Acts (co-pro)||$713,741||$20,000,000|
|Son of a Lion||$124,668||$485,000|
|The Tender Hook||$64,232||$7,000,000|
|Bitter & Twisted||$12,555||$200,000|
|The View From Greenhaven||$6,648||$1,000,000|
|Not Quite Hollywood||$186,986|
|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|
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.