Lion becomes sixth highest grossing Australian-made film in local box office

Transmission Film’s Lion has made Australian box office history after the weekend, becoming the sixth highest earning Australian made film.

Since its premiere on January 19 the film has made a total of $27.729m, making it the sixth biggest revenue accumulation for an Australian film in Australian box office history.

According to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia, Lion’s revenue is ahead of The Great Gatsby’s $27.383m which sits in seventh place, Crocodile Dundee 2’s $24.916m in eighth place and Strictly Ballroom’s total revenue of $21.760m in ninth place.

The highest revenue made from an Australian film to date is the 1986 film Crocodile Dundee which made $47.707m.

Over the weekend’s Lion came in fourth place, adding $671,227 to its total revenue.

Kong: Skull Island knocked Hugh Jackman’s latest film Wolverine out of the number one spot, collecting $4.715m in its first weekend at box office.

The film explores the home of the king of the apes and is currently being promoted through an activation at Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station which features a giant skull.

Second placed Logan made a total of $4.529m over the weekend, bringing its total earnings to $14.932m. Hidden Figures slipped to third place with $1.317m.

The film has made $13.738m since its premiere.

Jasper Jones came in fifth, collecting $395,645 and bringing its total to $903,402.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Kong: Skull Island (Wb) $4,715,433 401 $4,715,433
Logan (Fox) $4,529,715 412 $14,932,642
Hidden Figures (Fox) $1,317,921 340 $13,738,838
Lion (Transmission) $671,227 280 $27,729,205
Jasper Jones (Madman) $395,645 223 $1,482,069
Fifty Shades Darker (Universal) $300,645 0 $17,654,007
Moonlight (Roadshow) $285,213 87 $1,855,883
Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale (Madman) $265,001 40 $265,001
Before I Fall (Roadshow) $264,320 147 $794,241
The Great Wall (Universal) $234,625 171 $7,057,172
Manchester By The Sea (Universal) $178,343 113 $2,632,859
T2: Trainspotting (Sony) $159,709 81 $2,384,519
Rings (Paramount) $141,230 133 $1,982,228
Fist Fight (Roadshow) $132,665 121 $1,742,525
La La Land (Eone) $109,199 111 $19,741,692
Alone In Berlin (Icon) $106,745 0 $389,335
Ballerina (Studiocanal) $95,615 124 $4,968,355
Moana (Disney) $94,006 100 $26,230,961
Few Less Men, A (Studiocanal) $92,350 96 $97,701
Sing (Universal) $58,967 102 $29,007,309

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