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GOLD COAST, Queensland -- Roadshow Film Distribution has picked up Australian and New Zealand distribution rights to Wolf Creek from the Weinstein Co. Speaking at the Australian International Movie Convention on Wednesday, Roadshow managing director Joel Pearlman said the company would release Wolf Creek toward the end of October -- behind the U.K. release Sept. 16 but ahead of the U.S. release in November. Sources say the low-budget horror movie has been sold to Roadshow for about AUS$1 million ($800,000), and industry observers estimate it should make anywhere from AUS$3 million to AUS$5 million ($2.3 million-$3.8 million) in Australian cinemas, depending on whether it is granted a rating of MA (for mature adults) or R18+ (for adults 18 years and over only). The film goes before the Office for Film and Literature Classification next week. Horror films do not traditionally do well in Australia, but last year's Saw, from Aussie writer-director James Wan and writer-star Leigh Whannel, made AUS$4.6 million ($3.4 million) in theatrical release for Hoyts Distribution in Australia.

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