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Cinema industry trends
Distributor box office share

2003–2015

Next update March 2017


2015

Films released through Universal earned the largest share of the Australian box office in 2015 – 23 per cent with gross takings of $287.6 million.

Roadshow is the largest locally owned distributor. It maintains a long-standing arrangement to distribute films made by Warner Bros, many of them produced as part of a joint venture between Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Ltd. Of their combined 2015 share, Roadshow contributed 14 per cent with 8 per cent from Warner Bros.

Universal experienced a significant increase in market share over the last year, from 8 per cent in 2014 to 23 per cent in 2015.  Of the 24 titles released by the distributor, four were among the top ten highest earners of 2015 accounting for more than half of their total earnings.

2015

Distributor 2015
Box office ($m)1 Market share % No. titles2
Total 1,226.3 100% 684
Roadshow/Warner Bros 262.2 21% 57
Paramount 57.7 5% 15
Fox 204.8 17% 31
Universal 287.6 23% 24
Sony 79.2 6% 20
Walt Disney 211.6 17% 17
Other3 123.2 10% 520

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA), compiled by Screen Australia.

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 market share report and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. All box office revenue earned that year, including from films released in previous years.
2. Includes all films that earned box office revenue that year, regardless of their original year of release.
3. Includes more than 60 smaller distributors.

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2013–2014

Distributor 2013 2014
Box office ($m)1 Market share % No. titles2 Box office ($m)1 Market share % No. titles2
Total 1,099.50 100% 546 1,074.9 100% 635
Roadshow/Warner Bros 296.7 27% 57 294.2 27% 61
Paramount 113.6 10% 27 98.1 9% 21
Fox 169.2 15% 25 241.7 23% 26
Universal 129.5 12% 18 85.6 8% 19
Sony 110.7 10% 41 73.9 7% 20
Walt Disney 153.4 14% 14 147.6 14% 16
Other3 126.4 11% 364 133.8 12% 472

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA), compiled by Screen Australia.

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 market share report and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. All box office revenue earned that year, including from films released in previous years.
2. Includes all films that earned box office revenue that year, regardless of their original year of release.
3. Includes more than 60 smaller distributors.

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2011–2012

Distributor 2011 2012
Box office ($m)1 Market share % No. titles2 Box office ($m)1 Market share % No. titles2
Total 1,090.0 100% 437 1,126.7 100% 550
Roadshow/Warner Bros 269.1 25% 49 277.6 25% 57
Paramount 225.1 21% 36 97.4 9% 25
Fox 139.0 13% 24 181.7 16% 27
Universal 123.2 11% 25 176.4 16% 22
Sony 106.5 10% 23 156.5 14% 34
Walt Disney 117.4 11% 14 105.5 9% 17
Other3 109.6 10% 266 131.5 12% 368

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA), compiled by Screen Australia.

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 market share report and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. All box office revenue earned that year, including from films released in previous years.
2. Includes all films that earned box office revenue that year, regardless of their original year of release.
3. Includes more than 30 smaller distributors.

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2009–2010

Distributor 2009 2010
Box office ($m)1 Market share % No. titles2 Box office ($m)1 Market share % No. titles2
Total 1,086.0 100% 418 1,132.8 100% 403
Roadshow/Warner Bros 223.2 21% 52 267.5 24% 43
Paramount 137.1 13% 30 186.4 16% 27
Fox 174.7 16% 22 193.6 17% 21
Universal 122.8 11% 24 110.8 10% 22
Sony 143.6 13% 28 110.3 10% 24
Walt Disney 126.6 12% 20 129.9 11% 14
Other3 158.0 15% 242 134.3 12% 252

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA), compiled by Screen Australia.

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 market share report and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. All box office revenue earned that year, including from films released in previous years.
2. Includes all films that earned box office revenue that year, regardless of their original year of release.
3. Includes more than 30 smaller distributors.

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2007–2008

Distributor1 2007 2008
Box office ($m)2 Market share % No. titles3 Box office ($m)2 Market share % No. titles3
Total 895.4 100% 388 945.4 100% 392
Roadshow/Warner Bros 212.0 24% 69 217.5 23% 57
Paramount 151.0 17% 27 165.9 18% 30
Fox 115.4 13% 29 144.6 15% 29
Universal 63.7 7% 8 132.9 14% 24
Sony 94.4 11% 23 110.2 12% 21
Walt Disney 109.8 12% 17 74.5 8% 23
United International Pictures (UIP) 23.6 3% 7 n.a. n.a. n.a.
Other4 125.7 14% 208 99.8 11% 208

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA), compiled by Screen Australia.

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 market share report and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
n.a. Not available.
1. In 2007 Buena Vista International (BVI) changed its name to Walt Disney and UIP ceased to exist, splitting into Paramount and Universal, although some UIP releases continued to generate box office earnings.
2. All box office revenue earned that year, including from films released in previous years.
3. From 2007, includes all films that earned box office revenue that year, regardless of their original year of release.
4. Includes more than 30 smaller distributors.

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2005–2006

Distributor 2005 2006
Box office ($m)1 Market share % No. titles released2 Box office ($m)1 Market share % No. titles released2
Total 817.5 100% 329 866.6 100% 333
Roadshow/
Warner Bros
216.0 26% 41 172.7 20% 52
United International Pictures (UIP) 194.1 24% 35 168.5 19% 40
Fox 141.5 17% 29 170.2 20% 33
Buena Vista International (BVI) 108.0 13% 18 129.7 15% 20
Sony (Columbia TriStar) 77.8 10% 25 129.4 15% 26
Other3 80.1 10% 181 96.1 11% 162

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA), compiled by the Australian Film Commission (AFC).

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 market share report and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. All box office revenue earned that year, including from films released in previous years.
2. Until 2007, includes only films released during that year.
3. Includes more than 30 smaller distributors.

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2003 - 2004

Distributor 2003 2004
Box office ($m)1 Market share % No. titles released2 Box office ($m)1 Market share % No. titles released2
Total 865.8 100% 268 907.2 100% 318
Roadshow/Warner Bros 192.3 22% 45 209.6 23% 37
United International Pictures (UIP) 182.6 21% 36 241.4 27% 38
Fox 94.5 11% 30 100.9 11% 30
Buena Vista International (BVI) 212.3 25% 36 143.2 16% 32
Sony (Columbia TriStar) 124.0 14% 24 116.2 13% 27
Other3 60.1 7% 97 95.8 11% 154

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA), compiled by the Australian Film Commission (AFC).

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 market share report and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. All box office revenue earned that year, including from films released in previous years.
2. Until 2007, includes only films released during that year.
3. Includes more than 30 smaller distributors.

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