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All-time top 10 Australian documentaries at the box office

ranked by total reported gross Australian box office as at May 2016

Next update March 2017

New titles highlighted and in bold.

Rank Title Distributor Release date Box office ($)1
1 Antarctica IMAX 26 Sep 96 5,145,816
2 Africa's Elephant Kingdom IMAX 21 May 98 3,491,995
3 That Sugar Film Madman 1 March 15 1,708,908
4 Bra Boys Hopscotch 15 Mar 07 1,698,976
5 Mrs. Carey's Concert Music Films 28 Apr 11 1,164,548
6 Australia: Land Beyond Time IMAX 6 Mar 03 1,085,672
7 Hidden Universe 3D IMAX 5 Sep 13 848,310
8 Love the Beast Madman 12 Mar 09 777,351
9 Sydney: Story of a City IMAX 18 Aug 99 725,545
10 Storm Surfers 3D: The Movie Madman 14 Aug 12 676,001

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA), Nielsen EDI (Australia) and Ronin; 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).
World Safari 2: Adventure Bound (released 1984) is not included as national box office figures are unavailable.
1. Earnings are in current dollars (i.e. not adjusted for inflation). Cumulative box office, as reported on 9 May 2016 in the MPDAA master report. These figures are updated on an ongoing basis therefore there may be discrepancies with previously published data.

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