Screen Australia released a series of updates to its Get the Picture resource a couple of weeks back.
Among the new data is an updated list of top grossing films at the Australian box office; annual admissions and box office gross totals, plus the top performing titles in 2009 by country of origin; average cinema ticket prices in 2009; and data on the growth of digital screens.
Brief highlights as follows:
- Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time in Australia, having taken Aus$108,621,853 by 7 March 2010, the first film released in Australia to earn over Aus$100 million.
- Total box office gross stood at Aus$1,087.5 million in 2009, up 15% on the previous year.
- Admissions also rose, by more than 7% to 90.7 million.
- The average ticket price was Aus$11.99, a rise of 21% over the past four years.
- The number of digital screens has risen from 27 in 2006 to 311 in 2009.
Check out the full list of updates for further information.
Incidentally, you can find additional commentary by Ellen Pittleman on the Australian theatrical market in Screenline’s 2009 Global Box Office Review (which covers other territories as well; reports for Brazil, China and France have recently been published). It’s all available for free and well worth a look.