Talk about pleasant suprises to wake up to- apparently i am featured user at moment of writing this journal.
Thank you a lot! I seriously dont know what else to say.. Except, hm.. How about a fact? :D
First full-length narrative feature film (according to UNESCO) is considered to be "The Story of the Kelly Gang"- an 1906 year's silent film from Australia. It followed- as you can imagine by its name- gang of Ned Kelly, famous australian outlaw (irish descent).
Movie was recieved critically well, it was directed by Charles Tait & filmed near Melbourne. It actually held another record during its release- it was the longest running narrative film yet seen in world, as it lasted over an hour & it had 1200 meters (4000 ft) of reel length.
In case you want to compare it to modern movies, its budget was either 400 or 1000 australian pounds (sources differ) and it made 25 000 australian pounds in box office. Adjusted for inflation its either 57,798.76 AUD (australian dollars) or 144,496.89 AUD. Box office made 3,612,422.36 AUD.
All in all, compared to modern blockbusters, this doesnt seem like huge ammount of money, but keep in mind back then there wasnt so big network of distribution & advertisment as there is now, so its decent.
And in case you want to see the movie, im afraid most of the movie has not survived, although historians have managed to save pamphlets that describe how movie went as well as restore 17 minutes worth of footage, including key moment of Ned Kelly's last stand. Restored footage can be seen in movie's wikipedia page