In this roundup from the Encore and Mumbrella Annual, we look back at the year at the box office.
Feel good comedy musical The Sapphires found a broad audience that translated well at the box office. Based on a stage play, the story of an indigenous all-girl soul group that entertained the troops in Vietnam during the war delivered for local distributor Hopscotch/eOne.
Box Office: $14.23m
2. Happy Feet 2
Director George Miller’s Happy Feet 2, the animated pic from Miller’s Dr D Studios, opened in late 2011 and made $10m at the box office through January and February for Roadshow.
Box Office: $10.6m
3. Kath & Kimderella
Written and produced by foxy ladies Gina Riley and Jane Turner, the film version of Australian sitcom Kath & Kim wasn’t a critical smash but it had the numbers behind it for Roadshow.
Box office: $6.06m
4. A Few Best Men
Director of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Stephan Elliott returned home to direct A Few Best Men. The film sees a bunch of British lads ruin a classy Australian wedding in a twist of stereotypes.
Box office: $5.296m
Mental was director PJ Hogan’s first Australian film in 18 years.
With an all-star cast including Toni Collette, Anthony LaPaglia, Liev Schreiber and Rebecca Gibney, the film tells the story of Hogan’s unusual childhood.
Box office: $3.96m (still playing)
6. Wish You Were Here
Kieran Darcy-Smith’s debut feature Wish You Were Here, starring Joel Edgerton and set in idyllic south-east Asia, was a thriller that kept audiences guessing.
Box office: $1.65m
7. Any Questions For Ben
Made by the team from Working Dog, the comedians behind The Castle and The Dish, Any Questions For Ben broke from their traditional, established ocker tone delivering a cosmopolitan quarter-life crisis comedy/love story starring Josh Lawson and Rachael Taylor.
Box office: $1.6m