Magazine article Screen International

Australian Box Office Up on 2011; Down on 2010

Magazine article Screen International

Australian Box Office Up on 2011; Down on 2010

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The people of Australia spent $1,173.2m (A$1,125.5m) on cinema tickets in 2012, a 2.8% increase on the previous year but about $7.6m (A$7.3m) less than they spent in a record-breaking 2010.

It is the third consecutive year that annual revenues have exceeded $1bn.

The Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA) released the figures but, as usual, chose not to estimate admission numbers so early in the year.

It is likely that 85 to 90 million tickets were sold - the population is 22.9 million.

The five films that lead the pack in 2012 all grossed more than $30m:

The Avengers (Walt Disney);

Skyfall (Sony Pictures);

The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros);

Ted (Universal);

The Hunger Games (Roadshow).

The next five all exceeded $20m:

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (Hoyts/StudioCanal);

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (Fox);

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (Paramount);

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox);

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (Roadshow).

"Clearly 2012 benefitted from a tremendous mix of commercial and highly entertaining movies and consumers continue to demonstrate strong support for the timeless and unique appeal of going to the cinema," said Marc Wooldridge, chair of the MPDAA, in a statement. …

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