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A Dog’s Purpose (2017)

A Dog’s Purpose
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $54,008,605Details
International Box Office $14,841,403Details
Worldwide Box Office $68,850,008
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The soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Production Budget:$25,000,000
Domestic Releases: January 27th, 2017 (Wide) by Universal
International Releases: January 20th, 2017 (Wide), released as Qua la zampa! (Italy)
January 26th, 2017 (Wide) (Brazil)
January 26th, 2017 (Wide) (Chile)
January 26th, 2017 (Wide) (Peru)
January 27th, 2017 (Wide), released as Psí poslání (Czech Republic)
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MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements and some peril.
(Rating bulletin 2446 (Cert #50725), 10/12/2016)
Running Time: 100 minutes
Comparisons: vs. Marley & Me
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Keywords: Animal Lead, Talking Animals, Death of a Pet, Reincarnation, Relationships Gone Wrong, Exes in Love, Romance, Police life, Coming of Age, Voiceover/Narration, 1960s, 1980s, 2010s, 1990s, 1970s, Same Role, Multiple Actors
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Amblin Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment, Walden Media, Pariah Productions
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest Domestic 4th Weekend 755 $5,713,775 Feb 17, 2017 24
Fastest to $50m 1,062 $50,829,285 Feb 17, 2017 24
Biggest Domestic 3rd Weekend 908 $7,271,430 Feb 10, 2017 17
Biggest Domestic 2nd Weekend 982 $10,509,170 Feb 3, 2017 10
Biggest Domestic February Weekend 256 $10,509,170 Feb 3, 2017 10
Biggest Domestic February Day 384 $5,509,210 Feb 4, 2017 9
Biggest Domestic Sunday 1,382 $5,223,965 Jan 29, 2017 3
Biggest Domestic January Weekend 100 $18,222,810 Jan 27, 2017 3
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 960 $18,222,810 Jan 27, 2017 3
Leggiest Opening Weekend 218 3.45 Jan 27, 2017 3
Front-Loaded Opening Weekend 2,249 29.0% Jan 27, 2017 3
Widest Opening Weekend 767 3,059 Jan 27, 2017 3
Biggest Domestic January Day 212 $7,717,150 Jan 28, 2017 2
Biggest Domestic Saturday 1,382 $7,717,150 Jan 28, 2017 2
Biggest Domestic Friday 1,734 $5,281,695 Jan 27, 2017 1
Never No. 1 Domestic 560 $54,008,605 Jan 27, 2017 0


Britt Robertson    Teen Hannah
K.J. Apa    Teen Ethan
John Ortiz    Carlos
Dennis Quaid    Adult Ethan
Peggy Lipton    Adult Hannah
Bryce Gheisar    Ethan (8 Years Old)
Juliet Rylance    Ethan’s Mom
Luke Kirby    Ethan’s Dad
Gabrielle Rose    Grandma Fran
Michael Bofshever    Grandpa Bill
Logan Miller    Todd
Kirby Howell-Baptiste    Maya
Pooch Hall    Al
Nicole Laplaca    Wendi
Primo Allon    Victor
Peter Kelamis    Dad’s Boss
Caroline Cave    Boss’ Wife
Jane McGregor    Rachel
Robert Mann    Delivery Workman
Ron Verwymeren    Delivery Workman
David J. Lyle    Country Vet
Kelly-Ruth Mercier    Atlanta Vet
Cory Wojcik    Puppy Mill Owner
Ross Douglas Noble    Puppy Mill Customer
Andrew W. Nolan    Football Coach
Jordan Butterill    Teammate
John C. McDonald    Teammate
Kwesi Ameyaw    Cop
Dean Monroe McKenzie    Detective
Michael Patric    Sam
Brent Holtzman    Police Captain
Paul Jarrett    Police Lieutenant
Christopher Pearce    Policeman
Violet Haas    Elderly Woman
Darcy Higginbotham    Farmhand
Denesha Lee    Animal Control Officer
Kalyn Bomback    Animal Control Yolanda
Dan De Jaeger    Father at Shelter
Anita Daher    Mother at Shelter
Reine Lecuyer    Daughter at Shelter
Rayna Ens-Armstrong    Daughter at Shelter
Mackenzie Thornton    Tweener Girl
Avery Thompson    Tweener Girl
Aidan Ritchie    Ambulance Attendant
Brooke Warrington    Bree (7 Years Old)
Kenyan Alexander Walcott    Ty (5 Years Old)
Treyton Augustus Walcott    Richie (4 Years Old)
John Bluethner    Professor
James Janssens    Alzheimer’s Patient
Paul Griggs    Hot Dog Vendor
Grant Burr    Hardware Store Clerk
Tom Young    Hardware Store Employee
Ronald Boyd Johnson    Neighbor
Alicia Johnston    Hysterical Mother
Chris Webb    Kidnapper
Naomi Frenette    Kidnapped Girl

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Bruce W. Cameron
Screenwriter    Cathryn Michon
Screenwriter    Audrey Wells
Screenwriter    Maya Forbes
Screenwriter    Wally Wolodarsky
Story based on the Novel by    Bruce W. Cameron
Producer    Gavin Polone
Executive Producer    Alan C. Blomquist
Executive Producer    Mark Sourian
Executive Producer    Lauren Pfeiffer
Production Designer    Michael Carlin
Editor    Robert Leighton
Composer    Rachel Portman
Director of Photography    Terry Stacey
Costume Designer    Shay Cunliffe
Music Supervisor    Liza Richardson
Casting Director    John Papsidera
Unit Production Manager    Alan C. Blomquist
Unit Production Manager    Lesley Oswald
First Assistant Director    Stephen Dunn
Second Assistant Director    Martin Ellis
Co-Producer    Holly Bario
Co-Producer    Kim Todd
Co-Producer    Lesley Oswald
Visual Effects Supervisor    Brendan Taylor
Re-recording Mixer    Skip Lievsay
Re-recording Mixer    Lawrence Zipf
Additional Sound Re-recording Mixer    Michael Barry
Supervising Sound Editor    Eliza Paley
Supervising Art Director    Rejean Labrie
Art Director    Larry Spittle
Set Decorator    Craig Sandells
Sound Mixer    Leon Johnson
Special Effects Coordinator    Tony Kenny
Special Effects Coordinator    Tim Freestone
Costume Supervisor    Valerie Laven-Cooper
Make up    Doug Morrow
Hairstylist    Pina Robinson
Script Supervisor    Alanna Mills
Location Manager    Cathie Edgar
Location Manager    Cliff Sumter
Additional Casting-Casting Executive    Leslee Feldman
Additional Casting-Casting Associate    Kim Winther
Additional Casting-Casting Assistant    Deanna Brigidi-Stewart
Second Unit Director    Brendan Taylor
Post-Production Executive    Mark Graziano
Post-Production Supervisor    Alison Beckett
Post-Production Supervisor    Brad Rohrer
First Assistant Editor    Corinne Villa
Assistant Editor    Danny Miller
Assistant Editor    Timothy Feeley
Additional Editor    Gregg London
Sound Designer    Mariusz Glabinski
Sound Editor    Lidia Tamplenizza
Sound Editor    Michael Feuser
Sound Editor    Heather Gross

Weekend Wrap-Up: Split Scores Another Touchdown with $14.42 million

February 7th, 2017


As expected, Split earned first place over the weekend with $14.42 million. That’s not bad for Super Bowl weekend. In fact, the overall depth was better than expected, not that you could tell from the week-over-week decline. The overall box office fell 31% to just $98 million. However, this was still 2.5% better than the same weekend last year. That’s a surprise victory. Granted, 2017 is still behind 2016 by 5.1% at $1.06 billion to $1.12 billion, but every little victory helps. More...

Weekend Estimates: Split Wins Third Weekend

February 5th, 2017


Rings managed to win on Friday, but the weekend as a whole will belong to Split, which is expected to top the chart with $14.6 million, according to Universal’s Sunday morning projection. Rings will finish second with $13 million or so, and A Dog’s Purpose will win Sunday (making this a rare weekend where three different films will top the daily chart) to finish the weekend with $10.8 million, and $32.9 million to date. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Split Be Separated from the Top Spot?

February 2nd, 2017


The new releases this week are not strong, so we could see Split remain on top for the third weekend in a row. Rings should at least be in a fight for first place, if it just does as well as Resident Evil: The Final Chapter did last weekend. On the other hand, The Space Between Us is being eviscerated by the critics and it really needed good word of mouth to thrive. If it opens in the top five, I will be impressed. This weekend last year, Hail, Caesar! was the number one new release and it earned just $11.36 million. Rings should top that. Unfortunately, the number one film was Kung Fu Panda 3, which earned more than than $20 million. There’s no way Split will match that, so 2017 is going to lose in the year-over-year competition. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Split Outnumbers the Competition with $25.66 million

January 31st, 2017


It was a surprisingly strong weekend at the box office, no thanks to the new releases. Split easily won with $25.66 million over the weekend, well ahead of A Dog’s Purpose, which earned second place with $18.22 million. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter got off to a fast start, but collapsed over the rest of the weekend. Finally, the less said about Gold the better. Overall, the box office was really strong with $141 million. Granted, this was 2.5% lower than last week, but it was 1.3% better than the same weekend last year. This growth is entirely due to Split’s hold plus the Oscar bounce a number of films got. Year-to-date, 2017 has earned $929 million, which is 4.7% lower than last year’s pace of $975 million. It is still too soon to make any real predictions for 2017’s long term success. That said, 2017 did cut into 2016’s lead and it is now down by $46 million or 4.7%. More...

Weekend Estimates: Split Retains Box Office Crown with Big Second Weekend

January 29th, 2017


An impressive decline of 34% in its second weekend and a crop of middling to poor performances by new releases will be enough to keep Split safely at the top of the box office chart this weekend. With Universal projecting $26.3 million for the weekend as of Sunday morning, Split is well ahead of the studio’s new release, A Dog’s Purpose, which will come in with around $18.4 million. Split will finish the weekend with around $78 million in total. More...

Thursday Night Previews: Resident Moves into Theaters with $1 million in Previews - Update

January 27th, 2017

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter opened with $1 million in previews on Thursday, easily topping the competition. It was only half as much as Split managed last weekend, but if The Final Chapter earned half as much during its opening weekend, the studio would be very happy. That seems unlikely, as this is the latest installment in a franchise, so it should be more front-loaded as a result. Additionally, its reviews are much weaker than Split’s are, so the word of mouth won’t be as strong. That said, we predicted just over $17 million and we’re sticking with that for now. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Final Come in First? Or will Dog Find a Purpose?

January 26th, 2017

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

It is not a good week at the box office. There are two films opening at saturation level theaters counts, 3,000 or more theaters, and both have a shot at first place. A Dog’s Purpose was expected to win with relative ease, but recent controversy, and weak reviews, have put that in doubt. This leaves an opening for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter to squeak out a win. However, it will be dealing with direct competition and that’s going to hurt. Finally there’s Gold, which is barely opening truly wide and is just hoping for a spot in the top ten. This weekend last year, Kung Fu Panda 3 opened with just over $40 million. This could be more than all three wide releases open with this weekend. 2017 does have better depth, but it won’t be enough to win in the year-over-year comparison. More...

Contest: Prizes, Evil Prizes

January 20th, 2017

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

I thought A Dog’s Purpose would have a real shot at first place next weekend, but ... oh boy. If you haven’t seen the video supposed taken on the set yet, it’s tough to watch. It is also by PETA and released by TMZ, so I’m not 100% convinced it is legit. Those are two organizations I don’t trust. (Personally, I give to the local branch of the SPCA. Also, when you donate to charities like this, do NOT tell them what to do with the money. A lot of people do and they have to follow these requests and this results in popular programs being over-funded and less glamorous programs going under-funded.) Because of this video, there is talk of a boycott and that could really hurt its box office numbers. This leaves Resident Evil: The Final Chapter as the safe choice for the target film in this week’s box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a Frankenprise consisting of their choice of either one TV on DVD release, two movies, or a kids package (could be a theatrical release, a couple of single-disc TV on DVD releases, or a full season TV on DVD release). Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win a Frankenprize, as described above. Finally, we will be choosing an entrant from the group of people who haven't won, or haven't won recently, and they will win the final Frankenprize, as described above.

Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

A Dog’s Purpose Trailer

January 2nd, 2017

Drama starring Josh Gad, directed by Lasse Hallström opens January 27 ... Full Movie Details. More...

2017 Preview: January

January 1st, 2017

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

December box office numbers helped 2016 end on ... a note. The good news and the bad news almost exactly balance out. On the one hand, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will finish the year with more than $400 million after just 16 days of release. That’s a stunning amount of money that helped 2016 earn a record box office at the domestic market. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned $650 million during December of 2015, so the month lost a lot of its lead over 2015, so much so that ticket sales fell behind last year’s total. The weakness at the end of the year will spill over into 2017, which is terrible news. A slow start could result in the dominant box office story being 2017 struggles compared to 2016. Bad news like this can sometimes become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Sadly, 2017 is also going to get off to a slow start when it comes to wide releases / expansions. There are 16 films scheduled to open or expand wide this month and none of them are expected to get to $100 million. It is likely none of them will even get very close. xXx: Return of Xander Cage is expected to be the best of a weak bunch, but I could see it getting beat by one of the five Oscar contenders opening wide this month, if it gets off to a slow start and one of the Oscar contenders starts picking up steam. Hidden Figures got off to a great start on Christmas Day and should it continue to earn Awards Season recognition, including some Oscar nominations, it could be in wide release well into February. Last January wasn’t as busy with 13 films opening or expanding wide over five weeks. Of these, two of them, The Revenant and Kung Fu Panda 3, topped $100 million domestically, while another, Ride Along 2, came close. 2017 is going to get destroyed in the year-over-year comparison. More...

The shaded area represents the expected performance range for a film, based on its opening weekend box office. 95% of films fall within the shaded area. If a film trends towards the top end of the shaded area, it has good legs compared to the average film; if it trends towards the bottom end of the shaded area, it has poor legs. The predictive area is based on movies from the past 5 years.

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2017/01/27 2 $18,222,810   3,059 $5,957   $18,222,810 3
2017/02/03 3 $10,509,170 -42% 3,178 $3,307   $32,610,435 10
2017/02/10 6 $7,271,430 -31% 3,025 $2,404   $42,501,105 17
2017/02/17 8 $5,713,775 -21% 2,400 $2,381   $50,829,285 24

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2017/01/27 2 $5,281,695   3,059 $1,727   $5,281,695 1
2017/01/28 2 $7,717,150 +46% 3,059 $2,523   $12,998,845 2
2017/01/29 2 $5,223,965 -32% 3,059 $1,708   $18,222,810 3
2017/01/30 5 $904,835 -83% 3,059 $296   $19,127,645 4
2017/01/31 3 $1,360,520 +50% 3,059 $445   $20,488,165 5
2017/02/01 4 $808,360 -41% 3,059 $264   $21,296,525 6
2017/02/02 4 $804,740 n/c 3,059 $263   $22,101,265 7
2017/02/03 4 $2,827,570 +251% 3,178 $890   $24,928,835 8
2017/02/04 3 $5,509,210 +95% 3,178 $1,734   $30,438,045 9
2017/02/05 1 $2,172,390 -61% 3,178 $684   $32,610,435 10
2017/02/06 5 $605,945 -72% 3,178 $191   $33,216,380 11
2017/02/07 4 $906,765 +50% 3,178 $285   $34,123,145 12
2017/02/08 4 $577,805 -36% 3,178 $182   $34,700,950 13
2017/02/09 4 $528,725 -8% 3,178 $166   $35,229,675 14
2017/02/10 6 $1,742,790 +230% 3,025 $576   $36,972,465 15
2017/02/11 6 $3,414,045 +96% 3,025 $1,129   $40,386,510 16
2017/02/12 6 $2,114,595 -38% 3,025 $699   $42,501,105 17
2017/02/13 7 $504,465 -76% 3,025 $167   $43,005,570 18
2017/02/14 7 $1,252,740 +148% 3,025 $414   $44,258,310 19
2017/02/15 7 $427,355 -66% 3,025 $141   $44,685,665 20
2017/02/16 7 $429,845 +1% 3,025 $142   $45,115,510 21
2017/02/17 9 $1,397,020 +225% 2,400 $582   $46,512,530 22
2017/02/18 8 $2,389,945 +71% 2,400 $996   $48,902,475 23
2017/02/19 8 $1,926,810 -19% 2,400 $803   $50,829,285 24
2017/02/20 7 $1,758,410 -9% 2,400 $733   $52,587,695 25
2017/02/21 8 $620,935 -65% 2,400 $259   $53,208,630 26
2017/02/22 10 $437,160 -30% 2,400 $182   $53,645,790 27
2017/02/23 10 $362,815 -17% 2,400 $151   $54,008,605 28

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2017/01/27 2 $22,101,265   3,059 $7,225   $22,101,265 7
2017/02/03 4 $13,128,410 -41% 3,178 $4,131   $35,229,675 14
2017/02/10 6 $9,885,835 -25% 3,025 $3,268   $45,115,510 21
2017/02/17 8 $8,893,095 -10% 2,400 $3,705   $54,008,605 28

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Argentina 2/2/2017 $364,217 84 94 247 $1,079,284 2/23/2017
Brazil 1/26/2017 $0 0 354 626 $2,139,210 2/23/2017
Bulgaria 2/3/2017 $14,090 0 0 0 $55,295 2/24/2017
Chile 1/26/2017 $0 0 43 107 $874,608 2/23/2017
Czech Republic 1/27/2017 $94,436 83 85 266 $438,904 2/24/2017
Italy 1/20/2017 $656,076 0 0 0 $1,607,040 2/15/2017
Lithuania 2/17/2017 $3,735 6 6 6 $3,735 2/21/2017
Mexico 1/27/2017 $1,822,160 0 0 0 $5,662,341 2/22/2017
Panama 2/2/2017 $253,752 108 108 202 $552,826 2/23/2017
Peru 1/26/2017 $0 0 76 171 $1,952,398 2/23/2017
Slovakia 2/3/2017 $96,750 66 66 127 $209,981 2/24/2017
Venezuela 2/3/2017 $54,648 56 62 175 $265,781 2/23/2017
International Total$14,841,403 2/24/2017

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