Box Office: key international markets come back to life – we hope

Fast and Furious 9 is screaming across the US landscape to proclaim the rebirth of exhibition, while Peter Rabbit bunnyhops happily into a hamper full of money.

There’s not much to report on in terms of Australian feature performance at the box office this week. Those who actually saw Playing With Sharks: The Valerie Taylor Story in cinemas are incredibly privileged. It turns out Madman was only able to run it for a week, so it abruptly disappeared after that, and only popped up with minimal advertising. 

The Dry has now been in cinemas for 52 weeks, which is a very old-fashioned milestone. It has been in the cinemas for six months although it has only been available in a meaningful number of cinemas for 15 weeks, and has taken 14 weeks to grown from $20 million to $20.74 million. In other words, it has been trundling round remote regions for most of that. 

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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.