Lion. Source: USA Today.

Lion is the pride of the Australian box office.

$4,155,636. That’s how much cash money Lion made in its opening weekend. Let me put that into perspective: If I made $4,155,636 in one weekend, I’d be really fucking rich.

Oh, and if I was an Australian film, I’d also be breaking records.

Lion is taking the world by storm. Source: Lion Movie.

Yes, Lion has achieved what so many great Australian films fail to do: Economic success.

Its opening weekend puts it only behind The Great Gatsby, Australia, Happy Feet and Mad Max: Fury Road in the list of highest earning Australian film opening weekends. And these are massive studio movies with bigger budgets than, umm, like elephants or something. In fact, if we’re talking about independent Aussie movies, Lion would stand at number one.

And this success hasn’t been restricted to the film’s home nation.

Lion also opened at number one at the NZ box office and number four at the UK box office. In the US it has already taken $14.5m before going into wide release, and strong releases have also been achieved in Canada, Italy and other major territories. God this makes me proud to be an Australian.

Oh, and did I mention its series of Oscar nominations? (I don’t know why people say things like this, you know I didn’t.

I could delete that and just start with ‘It’s also won a series of Oscar nominations’, but I’m lazy. Don’t judge and shut up. Please.) Yes, Lion has racked up six. SIX! Those include Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role (Dev Patel), Actress in a Supporting Role (Nicole Kidman), Cinematography, Music (Original Score), and Writing (Adapted Screenplay). Mamma mia.

Can’t really argue with that cinematography nomination. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

Have a synopsis while you’re here. Adapted from the true story “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley, Lion is directed by Garth Davis.

It tells the tale of a five-year-old Indian boy, who gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home. After surviving numerous challenges, young Saroo is adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out on an adventure to find his lost family. And I’ll repeat: TRUE STORY! What a wacky world.

Bottom line is, Lion is deservingly taking the world by storm, making Australia proud while its at it. It’s also just really fucking good, so have a watch on the big screen while you have the chance.

Aussie Aussie Aussie! (If you don’t comment ‘Oy oy oy’ below, you’re un-Australian).


Writer, musician, professional movie-ist. Josh likes his films the way he likes his food: preferably quite good.