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Wag the Dog (1997)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $43,057,470Details
International Box Office $21,194,568
Worldwide Box Office $64,252,038
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  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Cast & Crew
  6. Trailer

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
85% - Certified Fresh
Audience
76% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$15,000,000
Domestic Releases: December 25th, 1997 (Wide) by New Line
MPAA Rating: R for language
Running Time: 105 minutes
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Keywords: Political
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: New Line Cinema
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 19th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 702 $39,632 May 1, 1998 130
Biggest 18th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 655 $70,421 Apr 24, 1998 123
Biggest 17th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 478 $157,873 Apr 17, 1998 116
Biggest 16th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 376 $264,617 Apr 10, 1998 109
Biggest 15th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,145 $64,457 Apr 3, 1998 102
Biggest 14th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,125 $95,163 Mar 27, 1998 95
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 900 $172,154 Mar 20, 1998 88
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 686 $297,803 Mar 13, 1998 81
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 645 $415,953 Mar 6, 1998 74
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 412 $987,084 Feb 27, 1998 67
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 373 $1,607,788 Feb 20, 1998 60
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 317 $2,574,034 Feb 13, 1998 53
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 335 $3,372,808 Feb 6, 1998 46
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 288 $4,775,744 Jan 30, 1998 39
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 637 $4,381,332 Jan 23, 1998 32
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 737 $5,754,364 Jan 16, 1998 25
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 819 $7,778,122 Jan 9, 1998 18
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 4,066 $1,195,214 Jan 2, 1998 11
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,189 $92,079 Dec 26, 1997 4

Cast

   Stanley Motss
   Conrad Brean
Anne Heche    Winifred Ames
Denis Leary    Fad King
Willie Nelson    Johnny Green
Andrea Martin    Liz Butsky
Kirsten Dunst    Tracy Lime
Woody Harrelson    Sgt. William Schumann
Michael Belson    President
Suzanne Cryer    Amy Cain
John Michael Higgins    John Levy
Suzie Plakson    Grace
Jason Cottle    A.D
David Koechner    Director
Harland Williams    Pet Wrangler
Sean Masterson    Bob Richardson
Craig T. Nelson    Senator Neal
William H. Macy    Mr. Young
Bernard Hocke    Technician
Jenna Byrne    Sharon
Maurkice Woods    Kid with Shoes
Roebuck "Pops" Staples    Himself
Phil Morris    Co-Pilot
Chris Ellis    Officer
Edwin T Morgan    Owner
J. Patrick McCormack    Pilot
Jennifer Manley    Teenage Girl
Edrie Warner    Judge
Richard Lawson    Young Man/CIA
Drena De Niro    Gate Stewardess
Alberto Vasquez    Combine Driver
Stephanie Kemp    Aide
Jack Esformes    Aide
John Cho    Aide
Michael Reid Davis    Aide
Brant Cotton    Sharon's Boyfriend
Kenneth Kern    Nashville Engineer
Michelle Levinson    Faye
Ron McCoy    Limo Driver
Derrick Morgan    CIA Agent
Garry Roleder    USAF Chaplain
Merle Haggard    Himself
James Belushi    Himself
Jay Leno    Himself
George Gaynes    Senator Cole
Michael Villani    Network News Anchor
Geoffrey Blake    Media Guy #1
Rick Scarry    White House Reporter
Cliff B. Howard    Ranger
Furley Lumpkin    Raking Dad
Sean Fenton    Raking Dad
Nikki Crawford    Mom
John Franklin    Jockey
Kevin Furlong    Jockey
Lu Elrod    Southern Woman
Michael Villani    Male Commentator
Warren Wilson    Crossfire Interviewer
Terry Anzur    Female Announcer #3
Melissa Gardner    Chris Andrews Reporter
Giselle Fernandez    Female Press Person
Christine Devine    Chicago Newscaster
Richard Saxton    Chicago Newscaster
Jerry Levine    Media Guy
Jack Shearer    Sklansky
Emmett Miller    News Break Reporter
Bill Handel    Reporter #7 Andrews AFB
Arlene Afshangol    Albanian Girl
Hope Garber    Albanian Grandmother
Gina Menza    Press Room Reporter
Maggie Mellin    Mrs. Rose
Tom Murray    Aircraft Carrier Reporter
Shirley Prestia    Moderator Named Shirley
Ralph Tabakin    Southern Man
Marguerite Moreau    Teenage Girl in Audience

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    David Mamet
Screenwriter    Hilary Henkin
Based on the Book "American Hero" by    Larry Beinhart
Producer    Jane Rosenthal
Producer    Robert De Niro
Producer    Barry Levinson
Executive Producer    Michael De Luca
Executive Producer    Claire Rudnick Polstein
Executive Producer    Ezra Swerdlow
Production Designer    Wynn Thomas
Editor    Stu Linder
Composer    Mark Knopfler
Director of Photography    Robert Richardson
Co-Producer    Eric McLeod
Assistant Director    Amy Sayres
Second Unit Director    Ken Arlidge
Unit Production Manager    Eric McLeod
Art Director    Mark Worthington
Set Decorator    Robert Greenfield
Second Unit Camera    Ken Arlidge
Special Effects Coordinator    Dennis King
Costume Designer    Rita Ryack
Costume Supervisor    Nancy McArdle
Additional Editor    Blair Daily
Sound Mixer    Steve Cantamessa
Re-recording Mixer    Tom Johnson
Re-recording Mixer    Lora Hirschberg
Supervising Sound Editor    Tim Holland
Sound Effects Editor    J.R. Grubbs
Dialogue Editor    Claire Sanfilippo
Dialogue Editor    LindaKay Brown
Music Editor    Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz
Make up    Peter Montagna
Hairstylist    Hazel Catmull
Casting Director    Ellen Chenoweth
Casting Director    Debra Zane

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1997/12/26 35 $92,079   3 $30,693   $124,217 4
1998/01/02 17 $1,195,214 +1,198% 69 $17,322   $1,427,164 11
1998/01/09 4 $7,778,122 +551% 1,665 $4,672   $9,735,924 18
1998/01/16 7 $5,754,364 -26% 1,752 $3,284   $17,256,734 25
1998/01/23 6 $4,381,332 -24% 1,726 $2,538   $23,296,373 32
1998/01/30 7 $4,775,744 +9% 1,685 $2,834   $29,533,670 39
1998/02/06 8 $3,372,808 -29% 1,586 $2,127   $33,803,719 46
1998/02/13 12 $2,574,034 -24% 1,102 $2,336   $37,006,533 53
1998/02/20 12 $1,607,788 -38% 1,031 $1,559   $39,077,696 60
1998/02/27 15 $987,084 -39% 850 $1,161   $40,506,685 67
1998/03/06 21 $415,953 -58% 540 $770   $41,222,771 74
1998/03/13 27 $297,803 -28% 319 $934   $41,662,035 81
1998/03/20 33 $172,154 -42% 321 $536   $41,958,897 88
1998/03/27 36 $95,163 -45% 130 $732   $42,121,582 95
1998/04/03 46 $64,457 -32% 103 $626   $42,224,883 102
1998/04/10 25 $264,617 +311% 395 $670   $42,520,683 109
1998/04/17 32 $157,873 -40% 280 $564   $42,820,326 116
1998/04/24 48 $70,421 -55% 170 $414   $42,952,505 123
1998/05/01 59 $39,632 -44% 102 $389   $43,022,524 130

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1998/01/09 4 $2,290,000   1,665 $1,375   $4,238,000 16
1998/01/10 5 $3,565,000 +56% 1,665 $2,141   $7,803,000 17
1998/01/11 4 $1,731,000 -51% 1,665 $1,040   $9,735,924 18
1998/01/12 4 $516,030 -70% 1,665 $310   $10,251,954 19
1998/01/13 5 $535,666 +4% 1,665 $322   $10,787,610 20
1998/01/14 4 $500,748 -7% 1,665 $301   $11,288,368 21
1998/01/15 5 $491,974 -2% 1,665 $295   $11,780,342 22
1998/01/16 7 $1,610,000 +227% 1,752 $919   $13,112,000 23
1998/01/17 6 $2,760,000 +71% 1,752 $1,575   $15,872,000 24
1998/01/18 7 $1,775,000 -36% 1,752 $1,013   $17,647,000 25
1998/01/19 10 $718,453 -60% 1,752 $410   $19,975,137 26
1998/01/20 7 $408,333 -43% 1,752 $233   $18,383,519 27
1998/01/21 7 $338,418 -17% 1,752 $193   $18,721,937 28
1998/01/22 8 $268,063 -21% 1,752 $153   $18,990,000 29
1998/01/23 6 $1,130,000 +322% 1,726 $655   $20,120,000 30
1998/01/24 6 $2,405,000 +113% 1,726 $1,393   $22,525,000 31
1998/01/25 6 $731,000 -70% 1,726 $424   $23,296,000 32
1998/01/26 6 $396,103 -46% 1,726 $229   $23,692,476 33
1998/01/27 4 $470,375 +19% 1,726 $273   $24,162,751 34
1998/01/28 4 $436,257 -7% 1,726 $253   $24,599,405 35
1998/01/29 4 $423,399 -3% 1,726 $245   $25,022,804 36
1998/01/30 8 $1,145,000 +170% 1,685 $680   $25,903,000 37
1998/01/31 7 $2,120,000 +85% 1,685 $1,258   $28,023,000 38
1998/02/01 8 $1,165,000 -45% 1,685 $691   $29,533,670 39
1998/02/02 7 $253,822 -78% 1,685 $151   $29,787,492 40
1998/02/03 6 $340,160 +34% 1,685 $202   $30,137,452 41
1998/02/04 7 $235,332 -31% 1,685 $140   $30,422,984 42
1998/02/05 6 $267,337 +14% 1,685 $159   $30,690,321 43
1998/02/06 8 $830,000 +210% 1,586 $523   $31,261,000 44
1998/02/07 8 $1,680,000 +102% 1,586 $1,059   $32,941,000 45
1998/02/08 8 $849,000 -49% 1,586 $535   $33,804,000 46
1998/02/09 7 $205,810 -76% 1,586 $130   $34,009,529 47
1998/02/10 7 $235,127 +14% 1,586 $148   $34,244,656 48
1998/02/11 7 $223,308 -5% 1,586 $141   $34,473,054 49
1998/02/12 7 $200,000 -10% 1,586 $126   $34,524,000 50

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1997/12/26 32 $199,812   3 $66,604   $231,950 8
1998/01/02 21 $1,725,852 +764% 69 $25,012   $1,957,802 15
1998/01/09 5 $9,544,568 +453% 1,665 $5,732   $11,502,370 22
1998/01/16 8 $7,412,671 -22% 1,752 $4,231   $18,915,041 29
1998/01/23 6 $5,842,885 -21% 1,726 $3,385   $24,757,926 36
1998/01/30 8 $5,672,985 -3% 1,685 $3,367   $30,430,911 43
1998/02/06 8 $4,001,588 -29% 1,586 $2,523   $34,432,499 50
1998/02/13 12 $3,037,409 -24% 1,102 $2,756   $37,469,908 57
1998/02/20 12 $2,049,693 -33% 1,031 $1,988   $39,519,601 64
1998/02/27 15 $1,287,217 -37% 850 $1,514   $40,806,818 71
1998/03/06 21 $557,414 -57% 540 $1,032   $41,364,232 78
1998/03/13 27 $422,511 -24% 319 $1,324   $41,786,743 85
1998/03/20 32 $239,676 -43% 321 $747   $42,026,419 92
1998/03/27 35 $134,007 -44% 130 $1,031   $42,160,426 99
1998/04/03 44 $95,640 -29% 103 $929   $42,256,066 106
1998/04/10 24 $406,387 +325% 395 $1,029   $42,662,453 113
1998/04/17 33 $219,631 -46% 280 $784   $42,882,084 120
1998/04/24 47 $100,808 -54% 170 $593   $42,982,892 127