February 06, 2017 LION TOPS AUST. BOX OFFICE FOR A RECORD 3RD WEEKEND
Not since CROCODILE DUNDEE in 1986 (more than thirty years ago) has an Australian film topped the box office charts for three consecutive weekends. LION, Saroo Brierley’s incredible true story about love, hope and family has held the Number One position at the Australian box office for an incredible third weekend. It has now taken a massive $16.3 million and is well on its way to being the fifth highest grossing Australian film of all time.**
Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Film, LION continues to connect with audiences all around the world, having grossed almost $70 million in worldwide box office to date. LION expanded to over 1,800 screens in the US on Friday increasing its takings by 100%.
Overnight, Director Garth Davis won the highly prestigious DGA (Directors’ Guild of America) award for Director of a First Time Feature Film and Greig Fraser, nominated for an Oscar for his work on LION, won Best Cinematographer as awarded by the American Society of Cinematographers.
"The best thing about LION's continued success is that it is an Australian true story that Australians have embraced. We are getting continual feedback that sessions at cinemas are selling out." said Richard Payten and Andrew Mackie from Australian distributor Transmission Films.
LION is directed by Garth Davis from a screenplay by Luke Davies and it stars Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Sunny Pawar. See-Saw Films (The King’s Speech) produced the film in association with Aquarius Films and Sunstar Entertainment. Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder are producers with Andrew Fraser, Shahen Mekertichian and Daniel Levin executive producing.
** Top five highest grossing Australian films of all time:
1. Crocodile Dundee $47,707,045
2. Australia $37,555,757
3. Babe $36,776,544
4. Happy Feet $31,786,164
5. Moulin Rouge $27,734,406