Date: 12th January 2001
The Australian box office last year experienced its first decline in 13 years. As reported by today's (Friday) Sydney Daily Telegraph, the 2.1 percent drop was attributed to a slowdown in multiplex construction and the impact of the Olympic Games. Some Aussie theatergoers, however, attributed the decline to a boost in ticket prices. The leading three films for the year, according to the Australian Motion Picture Distributors Association were Gladiator (starring Australian Russell Crowe), Mission: Impossible 2 and -- a surprise -- the kids film Stuart Little. Australian films accounted for 7.8 percent of the total gross, twice the share for 1999.
Source: Studio Briefing