Box Office: Eric Bana is an Australian hero

The drily titled The Dry is doing remarkable business which could well be leg one of a trifecta.

There is a certain symmetry in the story of Eric Bana and the Australian screen sector. Just 20 years ago he broke through with Chopper, really a small indy film with a first time director, Andrew Dominick who also went on to Hollywood. Now Bana has turned small(ish) indy film The Dry into a box office success, which is a useful breakthrough moment for the sector. It is all in the timing. 

Week three and The Dry dropped all of 7%, while gaining 16 theatres and 7 screens. Think of this as a tribute from the ultimate realists as even more exhibitors catch onto the zeitgeist.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.