NZ Box Office did OK in 2009

Posted Wednesday 10 Feb 2010

New Zealand box office revenue rose 8.6% in 2009.  Takings had not increased as much as in China, which boasted 44% box office growth, or Australia, which had 15% higher box office last year.  In 2009, local cinemas screened 273 films including 5 domestic features (plus some festival only releases) which took $3.54 million or 2.1% of box office.  The top five earners (Transformers 2, Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince, Twilight: New Moon, Ice Age 3 and Avatar) all grossed over $5 million for the first time - sharing about 18% of the annual total.