Already a major hit of 2011, breaking records all over the place, Roadshow has announced that Red Dog has now made even more records by passing $20 million at the Australian box office yesterday. Along with being nominated for Jameson IF Awards for best feature, director, actor and actress, it is now the 8th largest Australian film of all time.
Red Dog overtook the likes of The Dish and The Man from Snowy River to enter the MPDAA (Motion Pictures Distributor Association of Australia) to enter the Top 10 Australian films of all time (at least in terms of box office figures). Now Red Dog is eyeing the other 7 films above it: Crocodile Dundee ($47.7m), Australia ($37.5m), Babe ($36.7), Happy Feet ($31.7m), Moulin Rouge ($27.7m), Crocodile Dundee 2 ($24.9m), Strictly Ballroom ($21.7m),
Roadshow Films Managing Director Joel Pearlman said: “Red Dog’s box office success assures it a place in Australian cinema history. Audience response to Red Dog has been overwhelming and it has been a great honour for Roadshow Films to have been entrusted with handling Red Dog’s theatrical distribution. On behalf of Roadshow Films, I congratulate Nelson Woss, Kriv Stenders, the cast and crew on this achievement.”
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.