Red Dog takes another bite out of Australian box offices

Red Dog

Coming hot on the heels of the news that Red Dog made more in its second week than it did in its first, comes the announcement from Roadshow that the second weekend was also stronger than the first. Grossing $1.867 million from Thursday to Sunday (August 11-14), it beat out the record $1.8 million opening weekend the film enjoyed the week before.

The unusual stronger second weekend is indicative of the positive word of mouth that the film is receiving across the country. Roadshow Films Managing Director Joel Pearlman said: “This fantastic result, up 1% on the first four days, is incredible when you consider Red Dog enjoyed the best opening weekend for an Australian film this year.”

“Audiences have thrown their full support behind this quality Australian movie. It is almost unprecedented for box office figures to continually rise like this. When heartfelt Australian stories are told in a joyful and upbeat way, local audiences clearly respond which is a great message for the local production industry.”

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.

The film follows in the footsteps of Australian classics Crocodile Dundee, The Castle and Babe.

Red Dog was released on 4 August 2011 in Australia from Roadshow Films. You can also read our full review.