Wog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos has been named the equal third highest grossing local film in Australia for 2010. The Wog Boy sequel followed from Tomorrow, When the War Began, which grossed $13.5 million and the indigenous road movie-musical Bran Nue Dae, which made $7.7 million.
Tying for third place with multiple AFI winner Animal Kingdom, The Kings of Mykonos made $4.9 million. Speaking to Neos Kosmos Nick Giannopoulos said he was very proud that both of his films are in the top 50 highest grossing Australian films of all time.
“The Kings of Mykonos has certainly been a lot more popular than the Wog Boy in Greece where it went to number one at the box office,” Giannopoulos said. “So far it is also going very well in terms of international sales all over the world.”
Giannopoulos said it is important that Greek Australians continue to inspire future generations of, not only Greek Australians, but all Australians regardless of their cultural background.
“I am always very happy and proud to see other Greek Australians succeed, not only in the entertainment industry but also in many other areas such as medicine, law, politics, business and education,” he said.
“We have many Greek Australians who are respected leaders and influential contributors in their chosen professions.”
Asked what’s on the cards for this year, Giannopoulos said he doesn’t like to talk about any future projects until he definitely knows they are going ahead.
“But I am working on several things at the moment,” he said, “hopefully there will be more news soon.”
Nick Giannopoulos and Chris Anastassiades, who wrote the first film and which grossed $11.45 million when it was released in Australia by Twentieth Century Fox in 2000, teamed up to write the sequel with director Peter Andrikidis.
The sequel, produced by Giannopoulos and See Saw Films and distributed by Paramount, takes Steve Karamitsis (Nick Giannopoulos) and Frank (Vince Colosimo) from Melbourne to the Greek island of Mykonos in order to reclaim a family inheritance.