Top 10 Highest Grossing New Zealand Movies Ever


Here are the heavyweight, box-office champions of New Zealand cinema. Figures are rounded and in $NZD, not adjusted for inflation (for inflation adjusted figures see here). Grosses are New Zealand box office takings.

Last updated: May 2021


1. Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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2016 | Comedy, Drama | Madman
Directed by Taika Waititi
Starring Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rhys Darby, Oscar Kightley, Rachel House

$12,208,000


2. Boy

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2010 | Comedy, Drama | Transmission
Directed by Taika Waititi
Starring James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi

$9,322,00


3. The World’s Fastest Indian

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2005 | Drama, True Story | Becker
Directed by Roger Donaldson
Starring Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Paul Rodriguez, Bruce Greenwood, Greg Johnson

$7,047,000


4. Once Were Warriors

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1994 | Drama | Footprint
Directed by Lee Tamahori
Starring Temuera Morrison, Rena Owen, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Julian Arahanga, Taungaroa Emile, Cliff Curtis, Ian Mune, Anita Kerr-Bell

$6,795,000


5. Whale Rider

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2003 | Drama | Buena Vista
Directed by Niki Caro
Starring Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis

$6,400,00


6. The Piano

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2006 | Comedy | Everard Films
Directed by Jane Campion
Starring Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin, Kerry Walker, Ian Mune, Cliff Curtis

$4,135,000


6. Sione’s Wedding

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2006 | Comedy | SPP
Directed by Chris Graham
Starring Oscar Kightley, Shimpal Lelisi, IaHeto Ah Hi, Cilla Brown, David Fane, Teuila Blakely, Nathaniel Lees

$4,075,000


8. What Becomes of the Broken Hearted

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1999 | Drama | Polygram
Directed by Ian Mune
Starring Temuera Morrison, Julian Arahanga, Taungaroa Emile, Rena Owen, Rawiri Paratene

$3,201,000


9. What We Do in the Shadows

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2014 | Comedy | Two Canoes
Directed by Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
Starring Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stuart Rutherford, Jackie van Beek, Rhys Darby, Kura Forrester, Frank Habicht, Chelsie Preston-Crayford, Yvette Parsons, Madeleine Sami

$2,595,000


10. Footrot Flats

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1986 | Animated, Family | Endeavour
Directed by Murray Ball
Starring John Clarke, Peter Rowley, Rawiri Paratene, Fiona Samuel, Peter Hayden, Billy T. James, Brian Sergent

$2,420,000


Source: NZMPDA.