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Cinema industry trends
Gross box office and admissions

Next update March 2017

1976–2015

In 2015, total Australian box office and admissions were up by 14.1 per cent and 14.8 per cent respectively compared with the year prior.

 

Graph: Number of Australian cinema admissions and gross box office, 1976-2014. The tables following provide the data.
 

1976-1979

  1976 1977 1978 1979
No. admissions (millions) 28.9 24.6 34.1 33.6
Gross box office ($m) 95.3 86.4 119.4 124.4

1980 - 1989

  1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
No. admissions (millions) 38.5 38.7 42.0 37.1 28.9 29.7 35.5 30.8 37.4 39.0
Gross box office ($m) 154.2 174.3 210.0 208.0 156.0 160.6 188.6 182.1 223.8 257.6

1990 - 1999

  1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
No. admissions (millions) 43.0 46.9 47.2 55.5 68.1 69.9 73.9 76.0 80.0 88.0
Gross box office ($m) 284.6 325.0 334.3 388.7 476.4 501.4 536.8 583.9 629.3 704.1

2000 - 2009

  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
No. admissions (millions) 82.2 92.5 92.5 89.8 91.5 82.2 83.6 84.7 84.6 90.7
Gross box office ($m) 689.5 812.4 844.8 865.8 907.2 817.5 866.6 895.4 945.4 1,087.5

2010 - 2015

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
No. admissions (millions) 92.4 85.0 85.9 82.0 78.6 90.2
Gross box office ($m) 1,132.8 1,093.8 1,125.5 1,099.6 1,074.8 1,226.3

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA). May include some estimates.

Notes:
Figures are in current dollars (i.e. not adjusted for inflation) and per calendar year. Each year is based on annual data released the following January in the MPDAA box office admissions report and box office by area report and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA.

 

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