[press release from Twentieth Century Fox]

Twentieth Century Fox is both proud and delighted to announce that Baz’s Luhrmann’s epic, AUSTRALIA has today become the second highest grossing Australian film of all time. AUSTRALIA today overtook 1995 hit BABE’s long-standing Australian box office record of A$36,776,554 M, and now stands at A$ 36,786,730, surpassed only by CROCODILE DUNDEE.

In its 14th week of release, AUSTRALIA continues to screen widely in cinemas across the country on over 140 prints nationwide, and is still ranked among the Top 15 films in Australia currently playing.

AUSTRALIA also continues its impressive run at the international box office, and is set to cross the land-mark US$200M global box-office figure this weekend, with the film still to open in the important Japanese market.

Twentieth Century Fox Australia’s Managing Director, Marc Wooldridge said “The on-going box office success of AUSTRALIA has been outstanding and a unique testament to the way the film has been embraced by this country. I would like to personally acknowledge all the incredible hard work of the Fox Australia team for their part in helping us achieve this amazing result, and on behalf of the company, I’d like to thank all of our marketing partners and the entire exhibition community for their unwavering support. Finally, we continue to extend the invitation to those that have not seen this incredible film, to experience it themselves on the big screen.”

AUSTRALIA is an epic and romantic action adventure, set in this country on the explosive brink of World War II. In it, an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) travels to the faraway continent she meets rough-hewn local (Hugh Jackman) and an enchanting mixed-race Aboriginal child (Brandon Walters). This unlikely trio join forces to save the land she inherited and embark upon a transforming journey across hundreds of miles of the world’s most beautiful yet unforgiving terrain, only to face the bombing of the city of Darwin by the Japanese forces that attacked Pearl Harbor. With his new film, director Baz Luhrmann is painting on a vast canvas, creating a cinematic experience that brings together romance, drama, adventure and spectacle.

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