The Highest Grossing Australian Film - Crocodile Dundee
Date of Record: 1986
Crocodile Dundee, the rugged Australian Outback crocodile hunter, shot to international fame in 1986 with the release of the film Crocodile Dundee starring Australian actor Paul Hogan. Much of the film was shot on location in Australia's Kakadu National Park which added to the mystique and attraction of the Australian Outback.
Crocodile Dundee is the highest-grossing Australian film ever, with takings to the tune of $47.7 million.
The film was set in two parts: in the tropical rainforests of Kakadu with its water buffaloes and crocodiles and in New York where Crocodile Dundee was way out of his comfort zone. The contrasting environments added considerably to the film's appeal.
Paired with Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee was American actress Linda Kozlowski, and they were later married to each other.
For his role in the film, Paul received the 1987 Golden Globe award for best performance by an actor in a motion picture (comedy or musical).
Following the film's success two sequels were produced, however, they were unable to attain the success of the first film.