Top 100 Australian Films

Posted by John Reid  /   October 26, 2012  /   Posted in Australian Films, News From My Desk  /   4 Comments

 The top 100 Australian Films of all time, ranked by total reported gross Australian box office as at January 2012. The no. 1 Australian film at the Australian box office is…

…Crocodile Dundee (1986), with earnings of $47,707,045. Crocodile Dundee is also no. 6 on the list of top films from any country, not just Australia; no. 1 on that list is Avatar, which has taken over $115 million at the Australian box office since its release in December 2009 (see Cinema: Top-grossing films: Top all time).

Five new titles entered the Top 100 Australian Films: Red Dog (8), Happy Feet Two (24), Sanctum (58), Oranges and Sunshine (60) and The Cup (82).

New titles highlighted and in bold.
Rank Title Distributor Release date Box office ($)1
1 Crocodile Dundee Hoyts 1986 47,707,045
2 Australia Fox 2008 37,555,757
3 Babe UIP/Universal 1995 36,776,544
4 Happy Feet Roadshow 2006 31,786,164
5 Moulin Rouge Fox 2001 27,734,406
6 Crocodile Dundee II Hoyts 1988 24,916,805
7 Strictly Ballroom Ronin 1992 21,760,400
8 Red Dog Roadshow 2011 21,327,512
9 The Dish Roadshow 2000 17,999,473
10 The Man from Snowy River Hoyts 1982 17,228,160
11 The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Roadshow 1994 16,459,245
12 Muriel’s Wedding Roadshow 1994 15,765,571
13 Mao’s Last Dancer Hopscotch/Roadshow 2009 15,440,315
14 Tomorrow, When the War Began Paramount 2010 13,508,599
15 Young Einstein Warner Bos 1988 13,383,377
16 Lantana Palace 2001 12,286,683
17 Gallipoli Roadshow 1981 11,740,000
18 The Wog Boy Fox 2000 11,449,799
19 The Piano Miramax 1993 11,240,484
20 Mad Max 2 Warner Bos 1981 10,847,491
21 Green Card (Australia/France) Roadshow 1991 10,585,960
22 The Castle Roadshow 1997 10,326,428
23 Shine Ronin 1996 10,167,416
24 Happy Feet Two2 Roadshow 2011 9,613,284
25 Phar Lap Hoyts 1983 9,258,884
26 Crackerjack Roadshow 2002 8,618,107
27 The Man Who Sued God BVI 2001 8,546,867
28 Ned Kelly (Australia/UK) UIP/Universal 2003 8,365,984
29 Looking for Alibrandi Roadshow 2000 8,280,335
30 Kenny Madman 2006 7,778,177
31 Babe: Pig in the City UIP/Universal 1998 7,771,751
32 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (Australia/US) UIP/Universal 2001 7,759,103
33 Bran Nue Dae Roadshow 2010 7,680,192
34 Knowing (Australia/US) Icon 2009 7,588,162
35 Rabbit-Proof Fence Becker/Ocean 2002 7,562,439
36 The Man from Snowy River II Hoyts 1988 7,415,000
37 Lightning Jack Roadshow 1994 6,439,819
38 Wolf Creek Roadshow 2005 6,080,571
39 Chopper Palace 2000 5,912,119
40 Two Hands REP 1999 5,478,485
41 Reckless Kelly Roadshow 1993 5,444,534
42 Mad Max Roadshow 1979 5,355,490
43 Jindabyne Roadshow 2006 5,302,912
44 The Craic Roadshow 1999 5,265,935
45 Picnic at Hanging Rock3 BEF 1975 5,120,000
46 Dirty Deeds Hoyts 2002 5,083,187
47 Animal Kingdom Madman 2010 5,000,018
48 Kings of Mykonos: The Wog Boy 2 Paramount 2010 4,896,315
49 Strange Bedfellows Becker 2004 4,816,495
50 Breaker Morant Roadshow 1980 4,735,000
51 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole Roadshow 2010 4,730,018
52 Alvin Purple Roadshow 1973 4,720,000
53 Japanese Story Palace 2003 4,520,000
54 Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome Warner Bros 1985 4,272,802
55 Charlotte Gray (Australia/UK) UIP/Universal 2002 4,188,497
56 Puberty Blues Roadshow 1981 3,918,000
57 The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course Fox/MGM 2002 3,892,095
58 Sanctum Universal 2011 3,871,962
59 Charlie & Boots Paramount 2009 3,866,823
60 Oranges and Sunshine Icon 2011 3,848,486
61 Little Fish Icon 2005 3,829,869
62 Fat Pizza Roadshow 2003 3,651,320
63 Ten Canoes Palace 2006 3,511,649
64 Malcolm Hoyts 1986 3,483,139
65 The Delinquents Greater Union 1989 3,370,650
66 Dark City Roadshow 1998 3,355,671
67 The Sum of Us UIP 1994 3,327,456
68 Beneath Hill 60 Paramount 2010 3,220,187
69 Samson & Delilah Paramount 2009 3,188,931
70 Romper Stomper Roadshow 1992 3,165,034
71 Kokoda Palace 2006 3,138,501
72 Boytown Roadshow 2006 3,135,972
73 We of the Never Never Hoyts 1982 3,112,000
74 Bright Star (Australia/UK) Roadshow 2009 3,110,560
75 My Brilliant Career Greater Union 1979 3,052,000
76 Evil Angels Warner Bros 1988 3,006,964
77 Paradise Road Roadshow 1997 2,970,653
78 Look Both Ways Dendy/Footprint 2005 2,969,712
79 The Hard Word Roadshow 2002 2,957,456
80 Cosi Roadshow 1996 2,896,980
81 Caddie Roadshow 1976 2,847,000
82 Sirens (Australia/UK) Buena Vista 1994 2,780,639
83 The Cup Roadshow 2011 2,740,661
84 Death in Brunswick Roadshow 1991 2,725,169
85 Bootmen Fox 2000 2,720,302
86 Me Myself I BVI 2000 2,698,330
87 The Wiggles Movie Fox 1997 2,678,686
88 The Heartbreak Kid Roadshow 1993 2,658,819
89 Storm Boy Roadshow 1976 2,645,000
90 Dating the Enemy UIP/Total 1996 2,620,325
91 Romulus, My Father Dendy/Footprint 2007 2,589,674
92 The Bank Footprint 2001 2,515,917
93 Hostage Roadshow 1983 2,455,000
94 Daybreakers Hoyts 2010 2,448,050
95 Dead Calm Warner Bros 1989 2,444,407
96 Careful, He Might Hear You Hoyts 1983 2,431,126
97 They’re a Weird Mob Greater Union 1966 2,417,000
98 The Year of Living Dangerously UIP/MGM 1982 2,393,000
99 Oyster Farmer (Australia/UK) Becker/Sherman 2005 2,383,051
100 I Love You Too Roadshow 2010 2,362,832

Source: Top 100 Australian Films Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA) with the assistance of the Australian Film Commission. Compiled by Screen Australia.

Notes:
Includes Australian productions and productions with overseas partners where creative control is shared (i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions).
1. Earnings are in current dollars (i.e. not adjusted for inflation). Cumulative box office, as reported on 22 January 2012 in the MPDAA master report. These figures are updated on an ongoing basis therefore there may be discrepancies with previously published data. Estimates have been used for films released before 1988 where gross box office is unknown.
2. Still screening in cinemas as at 22 January 2012.
3. Including re-release through Ronin.

4 Comments

  1. Rob Coulson January 11, 2013 12:03 pm Reply

    I think the above list of 100 Aussie films is in one sense a little misleading as older films are left down the order due to the fact that Inflation has not been taken into account since the year of their release. For example, Their a Weird Mob, (1966) gross takings of $2,417,000 is in actual fact in today’s money $27,820,000 if you use the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Inflation Calculator (which unfortunately only allows you to calculate to the year 2011). This would move this classic from 97 out of 100 into the top 10!!!!! of all time. A little work may be involved initially, but If inflation was taken into account for all of these Movies we would see a completely different reflection of what the Australian public does actually regard as the best films. Would be glad to help if this exercise was deemed warranted. Cheers ROB

  2. Rob Coulson January 11, 2013 12:11 pm Reply

    Similarly, If we equate the above equation to the actual Number one Movie of all time, Crocodile Dundee, Inflation on $47,707,045 in 1986 increases this amount to $110,721,610.00 in 2011. This makes “Australia” pale into insignificance as number two which is fair enough as you are comparing a Kingswood to a Rolls Royce in my opinion…………. Cheers ROB

    • John Reid January 12, 2013 8:34 am Reply

      Hi Rob
      I do agree with you. The official list is a bit misleading. I now need someone to come up with a new list based on the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Inflation Calculator!!!
      Regards
      John

    • John Reid January 12, 2013 8:34 am Reply

      No doubt about that Rob.

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