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Sapphires strike gold
Dave Lovelace (Chris O'Dowd, left) and Gail (Deborah Mailman) in The Sapphires. Picture: A Hopscotch/ Entertainment One.

Audiences are digging The Sapphires, with the musical comedy becoming the highest-grossing Australian film of the year. The feel-good film, which centres on four Aboriginal singers who are discovered by a talent scout and sent to entertain the troops during the Vietnam War, has now grossed $8.41 million.

That makes it the most successful Australian film of 2012 and sees it overtake Happy Feet Two, which has taken $8.23 million this year. George Miller's animated sequel has grossed $10.69 million in total but the film was released on Boxing Day last year.

Troy Lum, managing director of Hopscotch, the film's distributor, told Inside Film recently The Sapphires could reach $15-$20 million at the box office.

The Sapphires, starring Australians Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell and Bridesmaids actor Chris O'Dowd, was released on August 9 and had a great start at the box office, taking $2.34 million - the biggest opening weekend by an Australian film in almost two years.

The West Australian

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