Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" notched up a hometurf career best for the director with $13 million in grosses. That was, for example, much better than "Borat," which pulled in a measly $2.7 million.
The B.O. share for local movies remained unvaried in Italy in 2006, a lackluster year during which most Italo titles took unexpected beatings.
Hollywood studio pix typically gross 10% of their domestic U.S. haul in their Down Under release. This year was no exception. Locals refute, however, the belief that Australia is the 51st state.
The only local film to catch on bigtime was the animated "Una pelicula de huevos" (The Egg Film), distribbed by Televisa's film arm Videocine. Based on an Internet toon that had grown virally…
"Happy Feet" beat down the competition on Boxing Day in Oz. Traditionally the biggest box office day of the year in Australia, "Happy Feet" was best in ticket sales, earning $2.2 million. It defeated…
"Eragon" remained the highest flyer overseas in a moderate Christmas weekend frame, topping international B.O. with $21.9 million at 6,300 playdates.
While the holidays boosted specialty titles like "Letters From Iwo Jima" and "Babel," Mel Gibson's holdover "Apocalypto" seemed stuck in neutral, after generating surprising heat in its debut three…
Japanese pics will grab a majority share of the local B.O. in 2006 -- the first such victory in 21 years -- according to figures released by the Motion Picture Producers Assn. of Japan, also known as…
"Dreamgirls" may have been late to the holiday party, bowing Monday instead of ahead of the holiday weekend, but the Paramount-DreamWorks tuner showed plenty of kick, taking in $8.7 million in a…
As studios woke up Monday ayem to unwrap their Christmas B.O. gifts, Fox's "Night at the Museum" still had a stranglehold on the holiday chart, taking in an estimated $42.9 million over four days…
"Casino Royale" has shot past the worldwide record for a James Bond movie, thanks mostly to strong international performance over the Christmas holiday weekend.