Taika Waititi smashes NZ's biggest box office record, yet again
Taika Waititi's golden touch has continued after he was at the helm of biggest box office earning film in New Zealand for the second year in a row.
Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok raked in $7 million in ticket sales during its 2017 release in Kiwi cinemas, ahead of Beauty and the Beast with $6.5 million and Star Wars: The Last Jedi with $5.85 million, the Motion Pictures Distributors' Association (MPDA) says.
Dunkirk and Moana rounded out 2017's top five earners followed by films, such as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Despicable Me 3 and Wonder Woman.
Waititi also enjoyed spectacular success with his 2016-directed Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
That film was not only 2016's biggest earner with more than $12 million in ticket sales, it helped drive a record New Zealand box office taking in that year of $206,605,000.
Total takings last year fell slightly to $189,660,000, the MPDA said.
"Given the runaway success of Hunt for the Wilderpeople in 2016, we were not at all surprised to see a return to normality in the 2017 box office here," association chair Peter Garner said.