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Snowtown (2012)

The Snowtown Murders poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $8,452Details
International Box Office $292,724
Worldwide Box Office $301,176
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  7. Trailer


Based on the horrifying crimes discovered in Snowtown, Australia in 1999, where police found dismembered bodies rotting in barrels, SNOWTOWN, which marks Justin Kurzel's directorial debut is a stark journey into the feral subculture of welfare dependence, addiction, domestic violence, brutality and sexual abuse. Elizabeth Harvey is raising her three boys in Adelaide's poor northern suburbs. After her latest boyfriend displays pedophilic tendencies she takes up with a new man, hoping for security but instead winds up welcoming an even more vicious predator into her home. John Bunting is the moral compass among a circle of friends who hold self-appointed neighborhood watch meetings at the kitchen table. Fueled by cigarettes and beer they cast judgments on those living around them. Bunting enlists his crew in acts of sadistic vigilantism on those he considers deviants takes Elizabeth's son Jamie under his wing. In a mix of misdirected hero worship and terror, Jamie becomes an accomplice to a spree of torture and murder. SNOWTOWN is an uncompromising film, focused on the relationship between vulnerable teenager and a father figure who is revealed to be the worst kind of bully.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
83% - Certified Fresh
66% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: March 2nd, 2012 (Limited) by IFC Midnight, released as The Snowtown Murders
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 120 minutes
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Keywords: Dysfunctional Family, Sex Crimes, Serial Killer, Inspired by a True Story, LGBT, Cross-Dressing
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Screen Australia, Warp Films Australia, Film Victoria, South Australian Film Corp., Adelaide Film Festival, Omnilab Media Group
Production Countries: Australia

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,581 $1,548 Mar 16, 2012 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 9,588 $1,996 Mar 9, 2012 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 11,729 $1,273 Mar 2, 2012 3


Daniel Henshall    John Bunting
Louise Harris    Elizabeth Harvey

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Anna McLeish
Producer    Sarah Shaw
Executive Producer    Robin Gutch
Executive Producer    Mark Herbert
Screenwriter    Shaun Grant
Story Creator    Shaun Grant
Story Creator    Justin Kurzel
Inspired by the book "Killing for Pleasure"    Debi Marshall
The Snowtown Murders    Andrew McGarry
Cinematographer    Adam Arkapaw
Editor    Veronika Jenet
Sound Designer    Frank Lipson
Composer    Jed Kurzel
Production Designer    Fiona Crombie
Costume Designer    Alice Badidge
Costume Designer    Fiona Crombie
Casting Director    Allison Meadows

Per Theater Chart is Feeling Green

March 7th, 2012

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax was surprisingly strong during its opening and that helped it win the race on top of the per theater chart with an average of $18,830. The only other two films in the $10,000 club, Being Flynn and Boy, were neck-and-neck at $10,998 and $10,622 respectively. More...

Limited Releases Look to Earn a Billion Dollars

March 2nd, 2012

It's quite a busy week in terms of limited releases with nine films on this week's list. There are a couple that are earning very strong reviews, like Boy and Last Days Here. There are also a couple opening wider than the average limited release, like Paan Singh Tomar and Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie. Unfortunately, the widest release of the week, Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, is also earning some of the weakest reviews of the week. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/03/02 98 $1,273   1 $1,273   $1,273 3
2012/03/09 100 $1,996 +57% 2 $998   $3,878 10
2012/03/16 93 $1,548 -22% 3 $516   $8,012 17

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/03/02 93 $1,882   1 $1,882   $1,882 7
2012/03/09 94 $4,582 +143% 2 $2,291   $6,464 14
2012/03/16 91 $1,988 -57% 3 $663   $8,452 21

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