Well didn’t 2011 deliver a sensational year in film! We saw stuttering get Oscars, franchises end, Dogs take off, Ballerinas go nuts, westerns get gritty and sharks eat people again. But to cap it all off here’s the definitive Top Ten film releases that dominated the box office in Australia for 2011.
1. HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART TWO – $52.3m – The final installment didn’t disappoint in either the film itself or the box office. It delivered the highest grossing installment of the series in cinemas and won critical and fan adoration worldwide. Here’s a quick look back at the grosses of HARRY POTTER in Australia!
HARRY POTTER & THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE – 29 Nov 2001 – $42.3m
HARRY POTTER & THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS – 28 Nov 2002 – $37.4m
HARRY POTTER & THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN – 10 June 2004 – $33.1m
HARRY POTTER & THE GOBLET OF FIRE – 1 Dec 2005 – $35.7m
HARRY POTTER & THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX – 11 July 2007 – $35.5m
HARRY POTTER & THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE – 15 July 2009 – $40.6m
HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART ONE – 18 Nov 2010 – $42.02m
HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOW PART TWO – 13 July 2011 – $52.3m
TOTAL AUSTRALIAN HARRY POTTER BOX OFFICE – $318.92m
2. TRANSFORMERS 3: DARK OF THE MOON – $37.4m – Michael Bay’s 3D bonanza delivered bonza box office to Australia. Although falling just short of part 2’s $40.3m result – the global domination of this franchise has guaranteed that a 4th and 5th installment are going to be made, and reportedly to be shot back to back.
TRANSFORMERS – 28 June 2007 – $27.9m
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN – 24 June 2009 – $40.3m
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON – 29 June 2011 – $37.4m
TOTAL AUSTRALIAN TRANSFORMERS BOX OFFICE – $105.6m
3. THE HANGOVER PART TWO – $32.51m – This is the highest grossing MA rated comedy ever released, it’s also the highest grossing comedy sequel ever. Who would have ever thought that this sequel would deliver such a spectacular result. Outstanding stuff!
THE HANGOVER – 11 June 2009 – $21.4m
THE HANGOVER PART TWO – 26 May 2011 – $32.51m
TOTAL AUSTRALIAN HANGOVER BOX OFFICE – $53.91m
4. THE KING’S SPEECH – $30.94m – The best picture Oscar winner was also the highest grossing summer film release of 2010. Releasing on December 26 2010, the film exploded on its small platform release and then expanded to become the must see film of January 2010. A stunning stunning stunning result!
5. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART ONE – $27.8m – That unstoppable force of vampire love taps and shirtless weredogs delivers its penultimate edition to devout fans. This franchise has been a cracker for the much under serviced teen girl market in Australia, and their loyalty to the franchise remains unabated. Look out for the finale next year and watch it do north of $30m.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: TWILIGHT – 11 Dec 2008 – $22.2m
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON – 19 Nov 2009 – $38.7m
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE – 1 July 2010 – $32.16m
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART ONE – 17 Nov 2011 – $27.8m
TOTAL AUSTRALIAN TWILIGHT BOX OFFICE – $120.86m
6. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES – $27.1m – What a defiant cry this stunning performance was! Proving there’s still loads of life left in Captain Jack Sparrow and his many adventures ON STRANGER TIDES burst its way onto the international box office and raked in the loot. And yes Captain Jack will return!
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL – 11 Sep 2003 – $25.44m
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MANS CHEST – 6 July 2006 – $38.05m
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLDS END – 24 May 2007 – $33.1m
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES – 19 MAY 2011 – $27.1m
TOTAL AUSTRALIAN PIRATES BOX OFFICE – $123.69m
7. BRIDESMAIDS – $26.98m – The second non franchise picture to hit the top ten and what an entry it is – this almost entirely female cast of relative no names (outside of our own Rose Byrne) was a comedy knockout and dubbed ‘The Hangover For Women’. Released on the 16th of June 2011 Bridesmaids proved that female centric MA rated films can deliver – and be hilarious!
8. FAST & THE FURIOUS 5 – $25.24m – This franchise just goes from strength to strength. With Justin Lin at the helm and a bevy of hot cars, hot girls, hot guys and even hotter locations you can’t go wrong with a film like this. Escapist entertainment at its best, FAST FIVE kicked major butt when it released and became the highest grossing entry in the series.
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS – 20 Sep 2001 – $10.27m
2 FAST 2 FURIOUS – 5 June 2003 – $13.85m
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS TOKYO DRIFT – 15 June 2006 – $7.94m
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS 4 – 16 April 2009 – $17.13m
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS 5 – 21 April 2011 – $25.24m
AUSTRALIAN FAST & FURIOUS BOX OFFICE – $74.43m
9. TANGLED – $22.32M – Disney’s animated re-imagining of the Rapunzel tale captured the kids in January and outgrossed sequel franchises like CARS 2 and KUNG FU PANDA 2. The throwback to comedy and song narrative sailed to a great result and proved you can’t keep a tried and true fairy tale down! Tangled released on the 6th of January 2011.
10. RED DOG – $21.14m – All hail the mighty dog! Australia’s first entry in the top ten list since AUSTRALIA. The little film that could, this l’il dog hit a chord with Australians and we flocked to see it. A cracking result and here’s to hoping this is the beginning of domestic content surging to top tier box office performances.
Figures sourced from MPDAA & IBOE.