Box office figures just released for the last week in Australian cinemas have The Water Diviner as the country’s highest grossing film of 2014. Karl Quinn at Sydney Morning Herald is saying the film took $5.65M in Australia from Boxing Day to the year’s end – just six days. It has added nearly another $3M since. His full report is here.
The figures are really pleasing – after all movies do take money to make – but what is most exciting as a writer is how many Australians have gone out of their way to see The Water Diviner story this summer. And it’s not just here. Box Office Turkiye has posted attendances for Son Umut (The Water Diviner in Turkey) in excess of 500,000 for the first week, making it Turkey’s top film since its Boxing Day release.
In the last few hours papers have been leading with the news.
News.com.au says, “Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner smashes record after just six days in release.”
Variety.com says, “Russell Crowe’s Water Diviner is top Australian film of 2014.”
Daily Mail.co.uk leads with “Top that!”
In a statement Universal said,’It’s that time of year when people are thinking about the future, and The Water Diviner reminds us of the possibility of hope.’ Hear, hear.
To Russell, the producers Andrew Mason, Troy Lum and Keith Rodger, and the teams at Universal and eOne – great job guys.