Most people understand that canines are terrific buddies, and it looks like Hollywood may have actually figured that out too. It’s no longer just classic movies like Lady and the Tramp that focus on pet dogs as primary characters, a lot of live-action motion pictures put these affectionate actors as stars in their own right. A few of these films brought in huge profits in ticket sales.
The film, Scooby-Doo, from 2002, was the biggest money making dog motion picture, possibly of all time. Created by Warner Bros., this adventure movie for the entire family, grossed more than $153 million domestically and another $122 million abroad, totaling over $275 million. Not bad earnings when the movies entire budget was only $84 million. In just the opening weekend, it generated $54 million across 3,000 theaters. That’s amounts to almost $16,000 each theater.
Marley and Me, from Fox, can be found at a close 2nd with a complete gross of nearly $243 million. Its foreign and domestic percentages of revenue resemble Scooby-Doo quite closely. However, this 2008 comedy about a charming pet dog that ruins the household that possesses him was not as effective as a weekend opener. Roughly one quarter of its total revenue came in that initial weekend, where Scooby-Doo was over one third of its total amount in the same time.
Buena Vista created a live-action version of 101 Dalmatians in 1996, which was originally another childhood classic. It was initially launched to just under 3,000 theaters with almost $12,000 generated on the opening weekend, per theater. Composed and created by John Hughes, this motion picture had higher overseas revenues in comparison, gaining more than $184 million globally, a sum that stands for over half of its overall lifetime revenue of almost $321 million.
Buena Vista then went on, after a twelve year hiatus, to release another wildly popular doggy film with Beverly Hills Chihuahua. This one killed it with more than $149 million worldwide. This film generated nearly one third of that money in its very first weekend. It was released to over 3,000 theaters on that weekend so the average sales were roughly $9,000 per theater. Like the others we mention it was ranked number one for that weekend.
Cats & Dogs (from 2001) pitted pet enthusiasts versus each other in this comedy and adventure movie for the family that made $200 million around the world, generating almost one quarter of that in the initial weekend. This film grew stronger as it went along, it appears, although it had a good showing when it opened at number one. The majority of its total revenue came from overseas audiences.
2 years after the first Scooby-Doo blockbuster, Warner Bros. decided it was time to make another Scooby-Doo flick. The sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, was not able to compare with the revenue generation power of the first film, but still managed 6th on the graph for pet dog films with the biggest complete life time revenue. It ranked initially in the opening weekend as well, which saw the movie obtain more than one third of its later total amount.
Beginning with Homeward Bound all the way to White Fang, canine motion pictures stimulate audiences’ creative imagination, whether genuine or animation. Interestingly, a smash hit flick could also increase sales of a certain breed.
If you would like to learn to train your pet dog or puppy to behave like those in the movies see this great Denver dog training video.
Until next time – woof woof,