2011 a challenging year at NZ box office
The New Zealand box office for 2011 totalled $161.8 million, a nine per cent drop from the 2010 box office take, the Motion Picture Distributors’ Association (MPDA) announced today.
The MPDA says that taking external factors into consideration, 2011’s box office performance was “very robust”.
“It’s been a challenging year with many factors outside the control of the industry,” says Robert Crockett, president of the NZ Motion Picture Distributors’ Association. “Specifically the devastating earthquake in Christchurch in February and the impact of the Rugby World Cup in September-October, which understandably saw a drop in admissions.”
“New Zealand has enjoyed a year of exciting and diverse film offerings,” he says, “ranging from the dark fantasy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, to the compelling drama of The King’s Speech, the hilarious comedy of The Hangover Part 2 and Bridesmaids, the action adventure of Pirates of the Caribbean — On Stranger Tides and Fast and Furious 5, plus the return of well-loved animated characters in Kung Fu Panda 2 and Cars 2.”
Highest grossing film of the year in NZ was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, grossing over $7.8 million dollars.
The top grossing NZ-made films were Billy T: Te Movie, The Orator, My Wedding and Other Secrets and Lovebirds.