Red Dog tops box office

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Red Dog has this week certified itself as an Australian blockbuster after taking over $10.5 million in total at the Australian box office.

 Based on the true story of a kelpie that hitchhiked Western Australia’s Pilbara in the 1970s, Kriv Stenders’s WA production has moved into the all-time Australian top 20.

 The film continues to enjoy large percentage increases, making $1.94 million on the weekend, with only Green Lantern and Rise of the Planet of the Apes ahead of it in the local box office.

 It has also fought off the openings from large American releases such as Cowboys and Aliens and Conan the Barbarian in previous weeks.

 As of June local films have taken a disappointing 2 per cent share of Australian box office takings, but the film’s local success bodes well for its November release in Britain.

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