Sanctum: Ninth highest-grossing local film at the international box office

08 March, 2011 by Sam Dallas

Underwater thriller Sanctum has overtaken George Miller’s Babe: Pig In The City to become the ninth highest-grossing local film at the international box office.

The $30 million Alister Grierson film, backed by Hollywood legend James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic, Aliens, Terminator), has now taken $US71.2 million worldwide following its release last month.


Shot by cinematographer Jules O'Loughlin ACS, Sanctum has done particularly well overseas, including taking almost $US6 million in Brazil, almost $US3 million in Hong Kong, more than $US4 million in Spain and more than $US23 million in the United States.

Down Under the 3D film, starring Richard Roxburgh, has taken $3.8 million.

The story follows master diver Frank McGuire (Roxburgh) and his 17-year-old son Josh (Rhys Wakefield) who become trapped with their team while exploring the South Pacific’s Esa’ala caves.

Miller has three movies in the top 10, including Happy Feet at the top ($US384.3 million), Babe ($US254.1 million) – which he co-wrote and co-produced but did not direct – and Babe: Pig In The City ($US69.1 million).

The top ten highest-grossing local films at the international box office are:

Happy Feet (2006) – $US384.3 million
Crocodile Dundee (1986) – $US328.2 million
Babe (1995) – $US254.1 million
Crocodile Dundee II (1988) – $US239.6 million
Australia (2008) – $US211.3 million
Knowing (2009) – $US183.6 million
Moulin Rouge! (2001) – $US179.2 million
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010) – $US140 million
Sanctum (2011) – $US71.2 million
Babe: Pig In The City (1998) – $US69.1 million