One of the chief justifications for pirating movies in Australia is the lengthy delays we're forced to endure by local distributors. Various film bodies have rubbished this argument, with Village Roadshow claiming that the majority of Australian release dates are roughly comparable to the US. This infographic paints a picture that's somewhere in-between.
The Guardian recently published an article comparing US and Australian release dates for popular movies. The data was based on the top 168 movies at the box office over the past two years. As the below chart shows, the vast majority of these movies were released in Australia after the US:
One of the worst offenders was the animated children's movie ParaNorman which appeared in local cinemas a whopping 146 days after its US debut. (Local distributors have a reputation for holding back family movies to take advantage of specific holiday periods.)
Other tardy releases included 12 Years a Slave (104 days), Last Vegas (94 days), Silver Linings Playbook (76 days) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (69 days). On the other hand, some popular Hollywood movies — such as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World — actually appeared in Australia first.
When all movies were tallied together, the average release date for Australia was 20 days behind the US. This is a lengthier delay than Village Roadshow would have us believe, but it's not exactly intolerably long either. You can check out a full breakdown of how the movie release dates compared here.