Magazine article Screen International

Australian Box Office Down in 2013

Magazine article Screen International

Australian Box Office Down in 2013

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Australia's box office gross tumbled 2.3% on the previous year.Scroll down for the top 10 of 2013

Australia's box office gross for 2013 was $965,254,265 (A$1,099,615,801), 2.3% less than 2012.

The top 10 films of the year contributed 27% of this figure, which was unveiled by the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Three of those heavy hitters grossed more than $30m. They included Walt Disney's Iron Man 3, the biggest success of 2013; Roadshow's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; and Universal's Despicable Me 2.

Fox and Warner Bros also had films in the top 10 but the MPDAA's remaining two members, Paramount and Sony, missed out. (Roadshow is not a member of the MPDAA but handles Warner releases via a sub distribution arrangement.)

The Great Gatsby, which was financed out of the US, was the only Australian film in the top 10.

More than 400 films were released in the country during the year.

The annual box office gross represents only the fourth year-on-year fall in 20 years in Australia. The others were in 2000, 2005 and 2011, although the industry has taken only one year to recover its health only once. For example, 2010 remains the highest grossing year on record because 2012 did not fully recover from the fall in 2011.

The MPDAA delivered a positive spin in its media statement about the 2013 result by noting that the week beginning on Boxing Day (Thursday, Dec 26), traditionally one of the most lucrative of the year for the cinema industry, was the highest grossing week of all time.

A total of $43.8m (A$49.9m) was spent on tickets over the seven days and the biggest contributors of the new releases were The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which is about to reach $30m, Frozen, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Philomena and Transmission's UK/Australian co-production The Railway Man, which will be on 65 additional screens from Thursday (Jan 23). …

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