That comfortably beat the previous best total of A$63.4 million in 2001. And even adjusted for inflation, Australian titles had their best performance in 14 years.
The overall box office was up 14% on 2014 at A$1.23 billion, a good margin ahead of the previous all-time record of $1.13 billion in 2010, according to data from the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.
Despite the strong performance from Australian-made films, the top ten places in the overall chart were all taken by Hollywood movies. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” topped the chart with A$62.8 million ahead of “Jurassic World” on A$52.9 million and “Fast & Furious 7” on A$43.3 million.
The severe weakening of the Australian currency against the US dollar over the past year, however, means that the US dollar value of Australian theatrical receipts is significantly down. In 2015 the US dollar value was US$843 million. In 2014 they were worth US$879 million.
“2015 was a remarkable year. Audiences flocked to the cinema in record numbers to enjoy a range of Australian and international films that featured quality storytelling and engaging, entertaining filmmaking,” said Jo Bladen, chairman of the MPDA.
“In a year when blockbusters like ‘Star Wars’ were released, Australian film still delivered a 7.18% box office share, which is an outstanding result and should embolden local filmmakers. The popularity of family films is particularly notable, pointing to a new generation of cinema-goers having early exposure to Australian content,” said Graeme Mason, CEO of federal regulatory and funding body Screen Australia.
“The fight against piracy is now more important than ever, and the distribution and exhibition communities continue to support efforts to protect creative intellectual property. The failure to enact strong copyright protections could ultimately inhibit the future of filmed entertainment, said Bladen.
“On behalf the Australian Government, Screen Australia is doing everything we can to keep this momentum going including through our Family Film Initiative, Gender Matters program and of course the continued administration of the offset and co-producer incentives,” said Mason
Top 10 Australian Films at the Box Office 2015 (Source MPDAA)
TITLE 2015 EARNINGS (A$) TOTAL EARNINGS (A$)
“Mad Max: Fury Road” $21,685,344 –
“The Dressmaker” $18,557,934 $19,257,752
“Oddball” $11,043,604 –
“The Water Diviner” $10,148,891 $15,869,909
“Paper Planes” $9,654,965 –
“Last Cab to Darwin” $7,390,306 $7,392,571
“Blinky Bill: The Movie” $2,906,981 $2,908,162
“That Sugar Film” $1,708,908 –
“Holding The Man” $1,250,540 $1,252,117
“Alex & Eve” $536,475 $541,071