OZ B.O. SET FOR RECORD

'Men in Black,' 'Liar, Liar' lead box office to $375.3 mil in '97

SYDNEY — Australia’s box office receipts are again set to hit record levels for the 10th consecutive year.

According to the Motion Picture Distributors Assn. of Australia, by the end of the year, national box office will increase 7.6% to A$577.3 million ($375.3 million) from 77.4 million admissions.

The top 10 grossers of the year were Sony’s “Men in Black” ($14.8 million), UIP’s “Liar Liar” ($13.5 million), UIP’s “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” ($13.1 million), Polygram’s “Bean” ($12.4 million), Fox’s “The Full Monty” ($11.4 million), Sony’s “My Best Friend’s Wedding” ($11.1 million), Sony’s “Jerry Ma-guire” ($9.1 million), Warner’s “Batman & Robin” ($8.7 million), Fox’s “William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet” ($8.3 million) and Fox’s “Star Wars: Special Edition” ($7.4 million).

— Mark Woods

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