'Red Dog' Takes Top Spot at the Australian Box Office

The family film grows its takings in its second weekend.

SYDNEY -- It’s taken eight months but there’s a bona fide local breakout hit now at the Australian box office, with family film Red Dog growing its takings in its second weekend of release here and becoming the top-grossing Australian film of the year to date here along the way.

Red Dog took AUS$1.867 million ($1.96 million) in the four days to August 14 weekend across 245 screens, up 5% on its opening weekend, which was also the best for an Australian film this year. Its total take to date is AUS$4.75 million.

“This fantastic result is incredible when you consider Red Dog enjoyed the best opening weekend for an Australian film this year," Joel Pearlman, managing director of distributor Roadshow Films said.

"It’s outstanding to watch our little hand-crafted movie become Australia’s best friend at the cinema. Like The Castle, Crocodile Dundee and Babe, Red Dog seems to have captured the Aussie spirit and is proof that spirit can trump big budgets and special effects at the box office," producer Nelson Woss added.

Kriv Stenders’ film, based on the novel by Louis de Bernieres, about a charismatic canine hitchhiker that united a remote mining town in Western Australian outback in the 1970s, stars Rachael Taylor (Charlie’s Angels), Keisha Castle Hughes, Josh Lucas and Koko as Red Dog. It had its world premiere in February in the Generation 14-plus section of the Berlin Film Festival.