You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Ballroom’ dancing to top of Aussie B.O.

Australian film “Strictly Ballroom” this week passed into the exclusive $ A10 million ($ 7.3 million) B.O. club, and is almost certain to crack the $ A15 ($ 11 million) mark, normally reserved for top U.S. blockbusters.

That puts the feel-good dance romance among only a handful of local films to reach such heights.

Most recent were Peter Weir’s “Green Card” (shot entirely in the U.S.) and “Young Einstein.”

On current earnings, “Ballroom” will become one of the top five all-time Aussie films, alongside “Crocodile Dundee” and “The Man From Snowy River.”

At press time, the film had grossed more than $ 8 million in eight weeks. Distrib Ronin Films is sure it will top $ 11 million from a run that will easily stretch to Christmas and beyond, per general manager Richard Payten.

Print count has risen from 64 to 114 to cope with demand, and P&A costs have topped $ 580,000. But Payten doesn’t expect additional advertising until Christmas, now that momentum is rolling.

Most importantly, he adds, the film has “well and truly” found its target youth market. Strong return business, of up to nine viewings, also has been reported.

Pic, which was the audience favorite at the Toronto fest, is showing in London and Paris.

A 70-theater Japanese release begins from mid-December via Nippon Herald, which has made the film its main Christmas release. Miramax has the film for the U.S.

More Film

  • Canal Plus

    Canal Plus, Telecom Italia Launch Joint Venture

    Australian film “Strictly Ballroom” this week passed into the exclusive $ A10 million ($ 7.3 million) B.O. club, and is almost certain to crack the $ A15 ($ 11 million) mark, normally reserved for top U.S. blockbusters. That puts the feel-good dance romance among only a handful of local films to reach such heights. Most […]

  • The Breadwinner Tehran Taboo Animation Is

    Animation Is Film Festival Readies Its L.A. Debut

    Australian film “Strictly Ballroom” this week passed into the exclusive $ A10 million ($ 7.3 million) B.O. club, and is almost certain to crack the $ A15 ($ 11 million) mark, normally reserved for top U.S. blockbusters. That puts the feel-good dance romance among only a handful of local films to reach such heights. Most […]

  • Geostorm

    Film Review: 'Geostorm'

    Australian film “Strictly Ballroom” this week passed into the exclusive $ A10 million ($ 7.3 million) B.O. club, and is almost certain to crack the $ A15 ($ 11 million) mark, normally reserved for top U.S. blockbusters. That puts the feel-good dance romance among only a handful of local films to reach such heights. Most […]

  • Naomi Watts

    Naomi Watts to Star in Psychological Thriller 'The Wolf Hour'

    Australian film “Strictly Ballroom” this week passed into the exclusive $ A10 million ($ 7.3 million) B.O. club, and is almost certain to crack the $ A15 ($ 11 million) mark, normally reserved for top U.S. blockbusters. That puts the feel-good dance romance among only a handful of local films to reach such heights. Most […]

  • Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

    Box Office: 'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween' Draws $760,000 on Thursday Night

    Australian film “Strictly Ballroom” this week passed into the exclusive $ A10 million ($ 7.3 million) B.O. club, and is almost certain to crack the $ A15 ($ 11 million) mark, normally reserved for top U.S. blockbusters. That puts the feel-good dance romance among only a handful of local films to reach such heights. Most […]

  • ‘Loving Vincent’ Breaks Out in Italy

    ‘Loving Vincent’ Breaks Out in Italy

    Australian film “Strictly Ballroom” this week passed into the exclusive $ A10 million ($ 7.3 million) B.O. club, and is almost certain to crack the $ A15 ($ 11 million) mark, normally reserved for top U.S. blockbusters. That puts the feel-good dance romance among only a handful of local films to reach such heights. Most […]

  • Harry Shearer This is Spinal Tap

    'Spinal Tap' Actors File Amended Complaint, Seek Ability to Reclaim Copyrights

    Australian film “Strictly Ballroom” this week passed into the exclusive $ A10 million ($ 7.3 million) B.O. club, and is almost certain to crack the $ A15 ($ 11 million) mark, normally reserved for top U.S. blockbusters. That puts the feel-good dance romance among only a handful of local films to reach such heights. Most […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content