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Shepparton film-goers flock to blockbusters

Shepparton residents, like the rest of Australia, enjoyed the tales of superheroes and spies at the cinema in 2012.

CHLOE WARBURTON January 2, 2013 4:32am

Shepparton movie-goers were among millions that flocked to see last year’s biggest films, packing out the cinemas for blockbusters like The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall.

Superheroes, epic quests and the classic spy dominated the Australian box office last year and this year is looking as though it will follow suit when it comes to movies.

The Avengers fulfilled the dreams of many comic nerds when it brought together Marvel characters like Captain America, Thor and Iron Man and grossed $53.3million, making it the third-biggest film release in Australian box office history.

Avatar and Titanic are first and second.

The 23rd Bond movie Skyfall and the final Batman film The Dark Knight Rises rounded out the top three films for Australian audiences last year.

The rest of the top 10 was made up by Ted, The Hunger Games, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

In the traditional Boxing Day battle, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Les Miserables went head-to-head and though official figures for the Australian box office haven’t been released yet, The Hobbit has already taken $US686.7million worldwide and Les Miserables has taken $US116.2million.

Films to remember from 2012

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – A fine start to a new trilogy based in Tolkien’s world of Middle-Earth. Sitting through another three films Peter Jackson films will be a commitment, but it’s already looking like it will be worth it.

2. Skyfall – The third film in the rebooted Bond series was leaps and bounds ahead of the previous film, Quantum of Solace, which left many disappointed. Daniel Craig has again proved he’s one of the best Bonds in film history, while Javier Bardem is quickly becoming a favourite villain.

3. The Dark Knight Rises – The last in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy tied up the loose ends nicely and pleased a lot of bat-fans, while leaving just enough of an opening for a new Batman franchise to start up.

4. Ted – The movie about a man and his love for a stoner teddy bear somehow stole the hearts of audiences this year.

5. The Avengers – Marvel has had a great run on comic book movies in the last few years and The Avengers strengthens the genre, showing movies based on comics don’t have to be the woeful efforts we saw in the ‘90s.

Films to look forward to

1. Life of Pi – Released yesterday, Ang Lee’s new film has been hailed as groundbreaking and haunting for both its visuals and its wondrous storyline.

2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – We’ve got almost a whole year to wait for the next instalment of Jackson’s trilogy, but our first proper look at the deadly dragon Smaug will be an amazing moment.

3. Hitchcock – Based on Alfred Hitchock’s battle to get his controversial but wildly successful movie Psycho made, Hitchcock will be an interesting look at the stubborn and batty filmmaker. Anthony Hopkins looks to have nailed the part.

4. Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino’s latest features plenty of ferocious violence and whip-crack humour with a bit of complexity thrown in for good measure.

5. Carrie – Stephen King’s first novel has already been made for the screen twice (first in 1974 and again in 2002 for television) but talented newcomer Chloe Moretz is a promising lead, having already shown her talent for playing creepy supernatural girls in Let Me In.

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