Australians continue to show their good taste this year as Red Dog continues making loud barks at the local box office. In a very rare occurrence, Red Dog made more at the box offices of Australia on its second Thursday than it did when it opened to record numbers last week.
In an encouraging move for the local market, cinemas have reportedly been adding extras sessions to accomodate the demand for the little film that could. Roadshow Films Director of Marketing, Phil Oneile said: “It is unbelievable that yesterday’s box office was actually 12% UP from the opening day, last Thursday … that rarely happens. I recall that The Castle went up in its second week, but I can’t think of many others that have done it. It just goes to show that Red Dog is a movie that Aussie audiences really love.”
Red Dog is directed by Kriv Stenders (Lucky Country). Starring Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor and an ensemble cast including Luke Ford (Animal Kingdom), Arthur Angel, John Batchelor, Rohan Nichol, Noah Taylor (Submarine), Loene Carmen and Keisha Castle-Hughes, Red Dog had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, won the Audience Award at the Vail Film Festival in Colorado. It tells the story of a dog that wandered Australia and the lives he touched.