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Top 50 films of all time

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

Next update March 2017

Avatar is the highest-grossing film of all time in Australia, with box office earnings of $115,600,481 as of 4 April 2016, making it the first film released in Australia to earn over $100 million.

Five new titles entered the all-time top 50 in 2015: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2), Jurassic World (5), Fast and Furious 7 (15), The Avengers: Age of Ultron (23) and Spectre (36).

There are three Australian films in the list: Crocodile Dundee (10), Australia (32) and Babe (35).

Australian films highlighted and in bold.

Rank Title Distributor Release date Box office ($)1
1 Avatar Fox 17 Dec 09 115,600,481
2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Disney 17 Dec 15 93,821,857
3 Titanic Fox 18 Dec 97 57,650,984
4 The Avengers Disney 25 Apr 12 53,250,000
5 Jurassic World Universal 11 Jun 15 52,938,244
6 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Warner Bros 13 Jul 11 52,611,276
7 Shrek 2 UIP 17 Jun 04 50,388,327
8 The Return of the King Roadshow 26 Dec 03 49,370,354
9 Skyfall Sony 22 Nov 12 49,009,485
10 Crocodile Dundee Hoyts 30 Apr 86 47,707,045
11 Fellowship of the Ring Roadshow 26 Dec 01 47,429,619
12 The Dark Knight Warner Bros 16 Jul 08 46,089,622
13 The Two Towers Roadshow 26 Dec 02 45,654,259
14 The Dark Knight Rises Warner Bros 19 Jul 12 45,654,259
15 Fast and Furious 7 Universal 2 Apr 15 43,337,100
16 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Warner Bros 26 Dec 12 42,919,891
17 Toy Story 3 Disney 24 Jun 10 42,416,000
18 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Warner Bros 29 Nov 01 42,377,332
19 Deadpool Fox 11 Feb 16 42,344,423
20 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Warner Bros 18 Nov 10 42,286,694
21 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Warner Bros 15 Jul 09 40,628,363
22 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Paramount 24 Jun 09 40,342,087
23 The Avengers: Age of Ultron Disney 23 Apr 15 40,113,085
24 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Roadshow 21 Nov 13 39,449,190
25 Iron Man 3 Disney 24 Apr 13 39,230,000
26 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Fox 3 Jun 99 38,828,310
27 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Hoyts 19 Nov 09 38,720,174
28 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Warner Bros 26 Dec 13 38,440,170
29 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest BVI 6 Jul 06 38,051,837
30 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Paramount 29 Jun 11 37,591,480
31 Alice in Wonderland Disney 4 Mar 10 37,562,000
32 Australia Fox 26 Nov 08 37,555,757
33 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Warner Bros 28 Nov 02 37,403,454
34 Finding Nemo BVI 28 Aug 03 37,394,504
35 Babe: The Gallant Pig UIP 14 Dec 95 36,776,544
36 Spectre Sony 12 Nov 15 36,153,893
37 Despicable Me 2 Universal 20 Jun 13 35,765,250
38 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Warner Bros 1 Dec 05 35,761,218
39 Inception Warner Bros 22 Jul 10 35,669,341
40 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Warner Bros 11 Jul 07 35,554,602
41 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Fox 19 May 05 35,459,684
42 Frozen Disney 26 Dec 13 35,276,607
43 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe BVI 26 Dec 05 35,166,288
44 Meet the Fockers UIP 26 Dec 04 34,975,476
45 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Warner Bros 26 Dec 14 34,855,773
46 Ted Universal 5 Jul 12 34,495,739
47 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Roadshow 20 Nov 14 34,257,229
48 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Fox 16 May 02 33,862,850
49 Shrek the Third Paramount 7 Jun 07 33,727,143
50 The Matrix Reloaded Roadshow 16 May 03 33,625,057

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Notes:
Australian films are those under Australian creative control, including domestic productions, official co-productions and other productions involving shared creative control, i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions.
1. Earnings are in current dollars (i.e. not adjusted for inflation). Cumulative box office, as reported on 4 April 2016 in the MPDAA master report. These figures are updated on an ongoing basis therefore there may be some discrepancies with previously published data.

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