Box Office: 2009 Wrap

11 January, 2010 by IF

By Brendan Swift

Dance epic Mao’s Last Dancer was the biggest local film at the Australian box office last year, raking in almost $15 million.

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The film has now taken almost $15.1 million making it the twelfth most successful local movie of all time, behind Muriel’s Wedding, which took more than $15.7 million in 1994.

A further eight films released in 2009 broke the $1 million mark although only the box office takings of one film – Samson & Delilah – surpassed its production budget.

While the Cannes award-winning drama’s $3.18 million performance at the box office far exceeded its modest $1.6 million production budget, only a small proportion has so far flowed back to its major investor Screen Australia.

Screen Australia had recouped $116,374 of its initial $1.37 million investment, according to the national screen agency in November last year.

The INSIDEFILM survey found that the total estimated budgets of the 37 Australian feature films released in 2009 was more than $147 million (not including prints and advertising costs). Their total box office revenue was almost $35.9 million.

However, the list is not a measure of a film’s profitability and does not take into account other sources of income such as DVD and foreign territory sales.

It also does not include film’s released in 2008, which accrued box office revenue last year, such as Baz Luhrmann’s Australia.








Film
Budget
 Distributor

 Opening w/e

Weeks

 Box Office

Mao’s Last Dancer
 $25.8m
 Roadshow/Hopscotch

$2,754,620

13

$14,991,859

Charlie & Boots

 $8m est.

 Paramount/Transmission

$810,270

15

$3,854,074

Samson and Delilah
 $1.6m
 Para/Trans/Footprint

$199,163

33

$3,184,050

The Boys are Back
 $16m
 Hopscotch

$473,339

7

$2,062,901

Beautiful Kate
 $6m
 Roadshow

$273,582

20

$1,623,672

Mary and Max
 $8m
 Icon

$217,176

15

$1,444,617

Balibo
 $4.5m
 Para/Trans/Footprint

$206,290

17

$1,329,878

Disgrace
 $10m
 Icon

$209,014

15

$1,166,294

My Year Without Sex
 $3.8m
 Para/Trans/Footprint

$177,522

19

$1,130,292

Bright Star
 $16.7m

 Roadshow/Hopscotch

$319,662

1

$859,063

Love the Beast
 Madman

$241,982

10

$777,351

The Combination

 $1.169m

 Australian Film Syndicate

$188,054

29

$742,355

Blessed
 $4m
 Icon
$67,186
10

$457,898

Last Ride
 $4m
 Madman
$76,459
27

$388,722

Wake in Fright
 $700,000*
 Madman
$25,446
20

$312,323

Two Fists, One Heart
 $8.5m
 BVI
$96,999
2

$305,300

Van Diemen’s Land

$800,000

 Madman
$39,939
12

$289,353

Subdivision

 $4m est.

 BVI
$86,649
1

$206,350

Cedar Boys
 $1.36m
 Hoyts/Mushroom
$74,793
5

$204,160

Stone Bros.
 $3.3m
 Australian Film Syndicate
$22,702
8
$98,032
The Marriage of Figaro

$400,000

 Australian Film Syndicate
$13,693
9
$87,846
Beautiful
 $2m
 Kojo/Jump Street
$22,406
6
$56,101
Closed for Winter
 $2m

 Omnilab Media

$19,449
6
$53,370
Prime Mover
 

 Para/Trans/Jetty

$8,192
5
$51,745
Shadows of the Past

$820,000

 Summer Night

$13,927
16
$48,205
$9.99
 $4m
 Icon
$15,847
4
$47,520
Lake Mungo
 
 Darclight films
$9,730
5
$39,000
Bastardy

$260,000

 Film Camp

$7,822
7
$37,570
Coffin Rock
 $2.1m

 AI Entertainment

$9,846
5
$31,312
Lucky Country

 $2m est.

 Para/Trans/Footprint
$11,413
3
$27,424
The Burning Season

 Gil Scrine/Freshwater

$3,848
6
$21,017
The Chifleys of Busby St
 Ronin
$3,760
 
$13,658
Crush
 $2m
 Filmscope/Odin’s Eye
$8,304
1
$13,051
Three Blind Mice

 Odin’s Eye/Titan View

$2,988
6
$9,590
My Tehran for Sale

 Cyan Films

$2,422
2
$13,711
Bad Bush

$180,000

 VVVF
$1,909
2
$3,961
Salvation
 
 Hopscotch
$2,262
1
$3,182
Prey
 $3.5m

 Damage Releasing

 
$744
 
 
 
 
 

$35,870,106


Source: MPDAA.
 
Notes: Wake in Fright budget from original production date in 1971. Does not include $800,000 in restoration costs. The production budgets of The Marriage of Figaro and Van Diemen’s Land includes the value of deferrals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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