Lion the king at State Cinema
THE movie Lion has wrapped up its 17-week season at Hobart’s State Cinema, taking its final bow with the title of the most popular film shown in the cinema’s history.
The State sold more than 25,000 tickets to the movie about the life of Tasmanian man Saroo Brierley.
The film’s ticket sales were 30 per cent higher than the next most popular film at the State, which was The King’s Speech back in 2010.
Owner John Kelly said the Hobart cinema’s ticket sales to Lion were more than any other independent cinema in the country.
“It’s been a phenomenon,” he said.
“It was a perfect mix of a great story and local content.”
While the film finished screening at the State on Wednesday, Mr Kelly said Lion would return to the big screen for festivals and special events.
The film has taken close to $30 million at the Australian box office and has become the fifth most successful Australian film, according to film distributors Transmission Films.
The film tells the real-life tale of Saroo, who was saved from homelessness in India when he was adopted by a Tasmanian couple. Twenty-five years later he uses Google Earth to track down his home village and birth mother.
The movie is based on Brierley’s best-selling book A Long Way Home.
POPULAR: Actor Nicole Kidman, star of Lion, based on the life of Saroo Brierley.