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Cinema industry trends
Films screened

Number of Australian and overseas films released in Australian cinemas, 1984–2021

Next update February 2023


The majority (48 per cent) of films released in Australian cinemas over the past 38 years has come from the US.

In 2005, the US share of titles fell by 10 per cent, marking the beginning of a downward trend that continues. In 2010, the US share fell below 50 per cent for the first time in 27 years, reaching an historical low of 27 per cent in 2019. Despite the decline in US titles released in  the domestic market, US films earned 65 per cent of the total box office for all films screening in Australia during 2021.

The number of films from Asia has increased significantly since 2003, accounting for 35 per cent of new releases in 2021.

Local films comprised 11 per cent, above the 38-year average of 9 per cent.

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