Last year ranks as the third biggest ever for Australian cinemas

‘Ride Like a Girl.’

Given the relentless competition from Netflix and other streaming services, Australian exhibitors and distributors can take heart from the 2019 box office total, which was the third highest ever.

The nationwide B.O. of $1.228 billion was down fractionally on 2018’s $1.245 billion and not far short of the 2016 industry record of $1.259 billion, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (Mpdaa).

As If reported, 59 Australian films and feature docs released in cinemas last year plus a few holdovers generated $40.2 million, compared with 2018’s $57.4 million.

The year’s Australian top-grosser was Rachel Griffiths’ Ride Like a Girl, which has raked in $11.7 million, one of nine titles which each grossed more than $1 million.

Will Gluck’s Peter Rabbit was the No. 1 local title in 2018 with $26.7 million, which alone would account for the year-on-year decline. Sony Pictures is due to launch Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway in March, so that
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