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Top Australian films
in the UK

films earning over £200,000 gross at the UK box office, 1979–February 2017

Next update March 2018

Note that Gallipoli spent a week at the top of the UK charts in 1981, but box office figures are not available so it cannot be ranked.

New titles highlighted and in bold.

Rank Title Distributor Release date Gross box office1 (£)
1 Babe Universal 1995 20,285,673
2 Crocodile Dundee 20th Century Fox 1986 20,072,702
3 Happy Feet Warner Bros 2006 19,235,577
4 Moulin Rouge 20th Century Fox 2001 18,498,152
5 Mad Max: Fury Road Warner Bros 2015 17,435,671
6 The Great Gatsby Warner Bros 2013 15,734,581
7 Crocodile Dundee II UIP 1988 13,324,673
8 Lion Entertainment Film 2017 9,259,106
9 Australia Fox 2008 8,117,234
10 Muriel’s Wedding Buena Vista 1995 8,005,616
11 Knowing (Australia/US) E1 Films 2009 6,805,635
12 Happy Feet Two Warner Bros 2011 5,809,730
13 The Railway Man (Australia/UK) Lionsgate 2014 5,333,988
14 Hacksaw Ridge Lionsgate 2017 5,321,529
15 Green Card (Australia/France) Warner Bros 1991 5,030,887
16 The Piano Entertainment 1993 4,848,517
17 Daybreakers Lionsgate 2010 4,551,287
18 Shine Buena Vista 1997 4,415,599
19 Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome Columbia/EMI 1985 4,100,000
20 Babe: Pig in the City Universal 1998 4,091,870
21 The Delinquents Warner Bros 1989 3,507,768
22 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole Warner Bros 2010 3,239,599
23 Strictly Ballroom Rank 1992 2,968,093
24 Young Einstein Warner Bros 1989 2,838,099
25 Sirens (Australia/UK) Buena Vista 1994 2,640,396
26 Mad Max 23` Columbia/EMI 1982 2,500,000
27 Paws PolyGram 1998 2,175,278
28 Sanctum UPI 2011 2,008,093
29 Rabbit-Proof Fence Buena Vista 2002 1,800,303
30 The Dish Icon Film 2001 1,789,460
31 Wolf Creek Optimum 2005 1,681,422
32 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (Australia/US) UIP 2001 1,634,645
33 Charlotte Gray (Australia/UK) FilmFour 2002 1,567,185
34 The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Rank/PolyGram 1994 1,544,183
35 The Water Diviner eOne 2015 1,435,291
36 The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course Fox 2002 1,395,263
37 I, Frankenstein Entertainment Film Distributors 2014 1,392,281
38 Gods of Egypt eOne 2016 1,306,296
39 The Babadook Icon 2014 1,303,362
40 Lantana Winchester 2002 1,165,894
41 Killer Elite Entertain 2011 1,126,297
42 The Man Who Sued God Content 2003 1,106,354
43 Bright Star (Australia/UK) Pathé 2009 1,090,412
44 Evil Angels Pathé 1989 1,029,600
45 The Dressmaker Entertainment Film 2015 950,039
46 Dark City Entertainment 1998 910,817
47 The Sapphires eOne 2012 736,679
48 Mad Max Columbia/EMI/Warner 1979 700,000
49 The Proposition (Australia/UK) Tartan 2006 692,866
50 Lightning Jack Buena Vista 1994 677,305
51 Triangle (Australia/UK) Icon Film 2009 650,124
52 Tracks eOne 2014 560,564
53 A Few Best Men Disney 2012 555,177
54 Animal Kingdom Optimum 2011 533,255
55 Ned Kelly (Australia/UK) UIP 2003 524,022
56 Antarctica (IMAX documentary)2 Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago,IL 1992 496,173
57 Dead Calm Warner Bros 1989 495,940
58 Picnic at Hanging Rock Unknown 1976 487,000
59 Jindabyne Revolver 2007 485,569
60 Maya the Bee Movie (Australia/Germany) Primal Screen 2015 475,474
61 Black Robe (Australia/Canada) Entertainment 1992 468,865
62 Oranges and Sunshine (Australia/UK) Icon Film 2011 463,741
63 The Castle UIP 1998 444,015
64 AIDA on Sydney Harbour - Opera Australia Cinema Live 2015 330,742
65 Holy Smoke! FilmFour 2000 323,851
66 Lore (Australia/Germany) Curzon Film World 2013 300,285
67 Japanese Story Tartan 2004 299,092
68 Oscar and Lucinda Fox 1998 280,245
69 Map of the Human Heart (Australia/Canada/UK) Rank/PolyGram 1993 271,528
70 Flirting Warner Bros 1991 271,354
71 Turandot On Sydney Harbour - Opera Australia Cinema Live 2016 261,138
72 The Hunter Artificial Eye 2012 247,910
73 Little Fish Tartan 2006 233,658
74 Tomorrow, When the War Began Paramount 2011 230,356
75 Chopper Metrodome 2000 211,987
76 Madama Butterfly - Sydney Harbour (2014) Cinema Live 2014 206,209

Source: ACNielsen EDI (Australia) 1979–2008. Independent Film & Television Alliance 2009–2011. Rentrak from 2012.

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).
1. Cumulative box office, as reported on 22 February 2017. Earnings are in current dollars (i.e. not adjusted for inflation).
2. Estimate. Released in IMAX cinemas. Box office takings for IMAX films can return as little as 10 per cent to the distributor, rather than the more usual 50:50 split with the exhibitor.

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