Box office: The Dry is more impressive than you think while Nomadland shines too

In the lull before the holiday onslaught, The Dry passes $20m. Meanwhile in China the highest grossing weekend flick is Avatar. Yep.

The Dry cleared the $20m hurdle by $160,000 this week, a figure that was considered impossible even when it surged through $10m. We figured it would take until April, if at all but it has held momentum in a glorious turn of speed. 

Last weekend it added $226k, down 19%, and also lost 20% of its screens to take it to a still omnipresent 200.  In 12 weeks it has only dropped to number 7 on the league table. 

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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.