Australian films in the US B.O. scorecard

02 July, 2015 by Don Groves

Twelve Australian films have been released in US cinemas this year led by Mad Max: Fury Road, which has raked in $147.5 million but is fast running out of gas and may finish with a bit more than $150 million.

That brings the action-adventure’s global total to $US357 million, including South Korea’s $30 million, the UK’s $27.1 million, France’s $16.7 million, Russia’s $13.7 million, Brazil’s $10.9 million, Germany’s $9.5 million, Mexico’s $8 million and Japan’s $6 million in 10 days.

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In Australia George Miller’s film has grossed a fine $21.4 million. Village Roadshow Pictures has declined to comment on the prospects of a sequel.

The Water Diviner conjured up nearly $4.2 million in the US, part of a worldwide haul of $35.4 million, which includes Turkey’s $6.1 million, Spain’s $2.7 million, the UK’s skimpy  $2 million and Italy’s $1.2 million. 

Russell Crowe's drama misfired in France and Germany, earning $620,000 and $308,000 respectively, according to Rentrak.

Apart from The Water Diviner, the other titles all had limited theatrical exposure as a platform for VOD and DVD sales.

The latest examples are The Little Death and the Turkey Shoot remake (retitled Elimination Game), which both premiered last Friday.

Vertical Entertainment launched Shane Abbess’ sci-fi thriller Infini theatrically in 10 major markets and on-demand simultaneously on May 8, the same day it was released on digital platforms in Australia by eOne.

US distributors typically report VOD and DVD figures to producers each quarter, so there is a lengthy wait in gleaning home entertainment revenues.

As IF has noted, a little-heralded success in the US is Genevieve Bailey's I Am Eleven, which has had a staggered roll-out since last September and has amassed $310,116. In Australia the feature doc has collected a sturdy $333,000.

 

 

AUSTRALIAN FILMS RELEASED IN THE US

 

 

 

Title

 

Release Date

 

Total

1

Mad Max: Fury Road

May 15

$147,594,972

2

 

The Water Diviner   

April 24     

   4,193,843

 

3

I Am Eleven

Sept 2014

  110,000*

4

Predestination

January 9

  68,372

5

Kill Me Three Times

April 10

  24,296

6

Charlie’s Country

May 6

 16,333

7

Son of a Gun

January 23   

   6,159

8

The Little Death

June 26

   3,118

9

These Final Hours

 March 6

    2,322

 

10

52 Tuesdays

March  27

    2,041

11

 Wyrmwood: Road to the Dead

February 13

  N/A    

 

12

Turkey Shoot

June 26

   NA

13

Infini

May 8

  NA

 

*2015 calendar year gross

Grosses through June 28

Sources:  Rentrak/Box Office Mojo

                  

                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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