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Top Australian films
in the US

films earning more than US$100,000 gross at the US box office, 1981–May 2017

Next update March 2018

New titles highlighted and in bold.

Rank Title Distributor Release date Gross box office (USD)1
1 Happy Feet Warner Bros 2006 198,000,317
2 Crocodile Dundee Paramount Pictures 1986 174,803,506
3 Mad Max: Fury Road Warner Bros 2015 154,058,340
4 The Great Gatsby Warner Bros 2013 144,840,419
5 Crocodile Dundee II Paramount Pictures 1988 109,306,210
6 Antarctica (IMAX documentary)2 Museum of Science & Technology 1991 90,000,000
7 Knowing (Australia/US) Summit 2009 79,957,634
8 Hacksaw Ridge Lionsgate 2016 67,209,615
9 Happy Feet Two Warner Bros 2011 64,006,466
10 Babe Universal 1995 63,658,910
11 Moulin Rouge Fox 2001 57,386,607
12 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole Warner Bros 2010 55,675,313
13 Lion The Weinstein Company 2016 51,728,731
14 Australia Fox 2008 49,554,002
15 The Piano Miramax 1993 40,157,856
16 Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome Warner Bros 1985 36,230,219
17 Shine Fine Line 1996 35,892,330
18 Gods of Egypt Lionsgate 2016 31,153,464
19 Daybreakers Lionsgate 2010 30,101,577
20 Green Card (Australia/France) Buena Vista Distribution 1990 29,888,235
21 The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course MGM/UA 2002 28,437,041
22 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (Australia/US) Paramount 2001 25,635,682
23 Killer Elite Open Road 2011 25,124,986
24 Mad Max 23 Warner Bros 1982 23,667,907
25 Sanctum Universal 2011 23,209,310
26 The Man from Snowy River4 20th Century Fox 1982 20,659,423
27 I, Frankenstein Lionsgate 2014 19,075,290
28 Babe: Pig in the City Universal 1998 18,319,860
29 Lightning Jack Savoy 1994 16,821,273
30 Wolf Creek Weinstein 2005 16,186,348
31 Muriel’s Wedding Miramax 1995 15,119,639
32 Dark City New Line 1998 14,378,331
33 Strictly Ballroom Miramax 1993 13,830,464
34 The Man from Snowy River II4 Buena Vista Distribution 1988 13,687,027
35 Africa’s Elephant Kingdom (IMAX documentary) Discovery 1998 13,485,455
36 Young Einstein Warner Bros 1989 11,536,599
37 The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Gramercy 1994 11,220,670
38 The Year of Living Dangerously MGM/UA 1983 10,278,575
39 Mad Max American International/Filmways 1981 8,750,000
40 Black Robe (Australia/Canada) Samuel Goldwyn Company 1991 8,211,952
41 The Pirate Movie 20th Century Fox 1982 7,983,086
42 Dead Calm Warner Bros 1989 7,825,009
43 Sirens (Australia/UK) Miramax 1994 7,770,731
44 Breaker Morant5 NW/Quartet 1981 7,142,857
45 Evil Angels Warner Bros 1988 6,908,797
46 Rabbit-Proof Fence Miramax 2002 6,177,030
47 Gallipoli CIC/Paramount 1981 5,732,587
48 Mao’s Last Dancer IDP/Samuel Goldwyn 2010 4,817,770
49 Lantana Lions Gate 2001 4,490,822
50 Bright Star (Australia/UK) Apparit. 2009 4,444,637
51 The Railway Man (Australia/UK) The Weinstein Company 2014 4,438,438
52 The Water Diviner Warner Bros 2015 4,200,117
53 Careful, He Might Hear You TLC/20th Century 1984 2,938,179
54 Phar Lap 20th Century Fox 1984 2,878,404
55 Map of the Human Heart (Australia/Canada/UK) Miramax 1993 2,806,881
56 The Sapphires The Weinstein Company 2013 2,450,867
57 Flirting Goldwyn 1992 2,415,396
58 The Dish Warner Bros 2001 2,270,163
59 Innocence IDP 2001 2,202,382
60 The Dressmaker Broad Green Pictures 2016 2,022,115
61 Paradise Road Fox Searchlight 1997 2,007,100
62 The Proposition (Australia/UK) Firstlook 2006 1,903,434
63 Oscar and Lucinda Fox Searchlight 1997 1,897,404
64 Holy Smoke Miramax 1999 1,765,545
65 Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh Roxy Releasing 1988 1,577,480
66 Turkey Shoot6 New World 1983 1,414,828
67 The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey (Australia/New Zealand) Circle 1989 1,333,379
68 The Umbrella Woman Atlantic 1987 1,155,020
69 The Rover A24 Films 2014 1,114,423
70 Animal Kingdom Sony Classics 2010 1,044,039
71 Children of the Silk Road (Australia/China/Germany)7 Sony 2008 1,031,872
72 Lore (Australia/Germany) Music Box Film 2013 970,325
73 The Babadook IFC Films 2014 964,413
74 Sweetie Avenue 1990 938,065
75 The Castle Miramax 1999 877,621
76 Children of the Revolution Miramax 1997 838,368
77 The Last Days of Chez Nous New Line 1993 831,578
78 Until the End of the World (Australia/France/Germany) Warner Bros 1991 829,625
79 The Boys Are Back (Australia/UK) Miramax 2009 809,752
80 Kiss or Kill October Films 1997 796,681
81 Turtle Beach Warner 1992 778,535
82 Lonely Hearts Goldwyn 1983 777,087
83 The Sum of Us Samuel Goldwyn 1995 752,869
84 Alexandra’s Project Odeon/AA 2003 750,241
85 Charlotte Gray (Australia/UK) Warner Bros 2001 695,429
86 Bliss New World 1986 660,537
87 Japanese Story IDP 2003 647,054
88 Love Serenade Miramax 1997 604,523
89 Me Myself I Sony Classics 2000 568,798
90 Proof Fine Line 1992 550,000
91 Malcolm Vestron 1986 544,472
92 Tracks The Weinstein Company 2014 510,007
93 Embrace Gathr Films 2016 509,798
94 Dead End Drive-In New World 1986 459,304
95 Kangaroo Cineplex 1987 432,266
96 The Hard Word Lions Gate 2003 426,880
97 The Square Apparition 2010 406,216
98 Jindabyne Sony Classics 2007 400,438
99 Warm Nights on a Slow Moving Train Miramax 1989 400,000
100 A Woman’s Tale Orion Classics 1991 392,945
101 Sweet Talker Fine Line 1991 382,510
102 Head On Strand Releasing 1999 379,984
103 Walkabout (Director’s Cut) Films Inc. Ent. 1996 379,782
104 Clubland8 Warner Independent 2007 379,408
105 Rebel Vestron 1986 323,554
106 Adoration (Australia/France)9 Independent 2013 318,982
107 Shame Skouras 1988 300,000
108 Love and Other Catastrophes Fox Searchlight 1997 294,212
109 The Good Woman of Bangkok (documentary) Roxy Releasing 1991 292,604
110 Ten Canoes Palm 2007 283,654
111 Country Life Miramax 1995 276,489
112 I Am Eleven Independent 2014 273,765
113 Horses - The Story of Equus IMAX 2002 248,043
114 Reckless Kelly Warner Bros 1994 237,110
115 Puberty Blues Universal Classics 1983 237,000
116 Chopper First Look 2001 236,185
117 James Camerons's Deepsea Challenge 3D Independent 2014 235,659
118 Spirit of the Game IDP/S. Goldwyn 2016 222,565
119 Travelling North Cineplex/Odeon 1988 214,722
120 The Year My Voice Broke Warner Bros 1988 213,901
121 Rikky and Pete MGM/UA 1988 206,138
122 Ground Zero Avenue 1988 203,144
123 High Tide TriStar 1987 199,000
124 Picnic at Hanging Rock (Director’s Cut) Parker 1998 186,518
125 Spotswood10 Miramax 1992 179,469
126 The Hunter Magnolia Pictures 2012 176,669
127 Romper Stomper Academy 1993 175,340
128 Hotel de Love Live 1997 165,845
129 Danny Deckchair Lions Gate 2004 160,276
130 Lucky Break11 Goldwyn 1997 150,297
131 Razorback Warner Bros 1984 150,140
132 The Fringe Dwellers Atlantic 1987 149,440
133 Dirty Deeds FreeStyle 2005 146,490
134 Russian Doll Lot 47 2001 127,103
135 Angel Baby Cinepix Film 1997 125,775
136 Bra Boys Berkala Films 2008 122,120
137 Iron Sky eOne 2012 122,092
138 Till Human Voices Wake Us Paramount 2003 120,239
139 Storm Surfers 3D Vitagraph 2013 117,090
140 Bran Nue Dae FreeStyle 2010 113,568
141 Burke & Wills Hemdale 1987 110,000
142 Look Both Ways Kino 2006 105,067
143 Napoleon MGM/UA 1997 100,709

Source: ACNielsen EDI (Australia) 1979–2008. Independent Film & Television Alliance 2009–2011. Rentrak from 2012. 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).
1. Cumulative box office, as reported on 16 May 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.
3. Released as The Road Warrior.
4. Released as Return to Snowy River Part 2.
5. Estimate.
6. Released as Escape 2000.
7. Released as The Children of Huang Shi.
8. Released as Introducing the Dwights.
9. Released as Adore.
10. Released as The Efficiency Expert.
11. Released as Paperback Romance.

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