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Wag the Dog (1997)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $43,057,470Details
International Box Office $21,194,568Details
Worldwide Box Office $64,252,038
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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

RecordRankAmountChart
Date
Days In
Release
Washington's Birthday (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 343 $5,027,329 Feb 13, 1998 53
Super Bowl (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 136 $8,557,144 Jan 23, 1998 32
Martin Luther King (All Movies, 3-Day) 222 $5,754,364 Jan 16, 1998 25
Martin Luther King (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 183 $11,238,798 Jan 16, 1998 25
Martin Luther King (All Movies, 4-Day, Fri-Mon) 181 $6,472,817 Jan 16, 1998 25
Martin Luther King (All Movies, 4-Day, Fri-Mon, Inflation Adjusted) 126 $12,642,000 Jan 16, 1998 25
Top 1997 Theater Average 10 $30,693 Dec 26, 1997 4

Leading Cast

   Stanley Motss
   Conrad Brean

Supporting Cast

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
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
George Gaynes    Senator Cole
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

Cameos

Roebuck "Pops" Staples    Himself
Merle Haggard    Himself
James Belushi    Himself
Jay Leno    Himself

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Production and Technical Credits

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

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records


Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
1997/12/26 35 $92,079   3 $30,693   $124,217 1
1998/01/02 17 $1,195,214 +1,198% 69 $17,322   $1,427,164 2
1998/01/09 4 $7,778,122 +551% 1,665 $4,672   $9,735,924 3
1998/01/16 7 $5,754,364 -26% 1,752 $3,284   $17,256,734 4
1998/01/23 6 $4,381,332 -24% 1,726 $2,538   $23,296,373 5
1998/01/30 7 $4,775,744 +9% 1,685 $2,834   $29,533,670 6
1998/02/06 8 $3,372,808 -29% 1,586 $2,127   $33,803,719 7
1998/02/13 12 $2,574,034 -24% 1,102 $2,336   $37,006,533 8
1998/02/20 12 $1,607,788 -38% 1,031 $1,559   $39,077,696 9
1998/02/27 15 $987,084 -39% 850 $1,161   $40,506,685 10
1998/03/06 21 $415,953 -58% 540 $770   $41,222,771 11
1998/03/13 27 $297,803 -28% 319 $934   $41,662,035 12
1998/03/20 33 $172,154 -42% 321 $536   $41,958,897 13
1998/03/27 36 $95,163 -45% 130 $732   $42,121,582 14
1998/04/03 46 $64,457 -32% 103 $626   $42,224,883 15
1998/04/10 25 $264,617 +311% 395 $670   $42,520,683 16
1998/04/17 32 $157,873 -40% 280 $564   $42,820,326 17
1998/04/24 48 $70,421 -55% 170 $414   $42,952,505 18
1998/05/01 59 $39,632 -44% 102 $389   $43,022,524 19

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 GrossWeek
1997/12/26 32 $199,812   3 $66,604   $231,950 2
1998/01/02 21 $1,725,852 +764% 69 $25,012   $1,957,802 3
1998/01/09 5 $9,544,568 +453% 1,665 $5,732   $11,502,370 4
1998/01/16 8 $7,412,671 -22% 1,752 $4,231   $18,915,041 5
1998/01/23 6 $5,842,885 -21% 1,726 $3,385   $24,757,926 6
1998/01/30 8 $5,672,985 -3% 1,685 $3,367   $30,430,911 7
1998/02/06 8 $4,001,588 -29% 1,586 $2,523   $34,432,499 8
1998/02/13 12 $3,037,409 -24% 1,102 $2,756   $37,469,908 9
1998/02/20 12 $2,049,693 -33% 1,031 $1,988   $39,519,601 10
1998/02/27 15 $1,287,217 -37% 850 $1,514   $40,806,818 11
1998/03/06 21 $557,414 -57% 540 $1,032   $41,364,232 12
1998/03/13 27 $422,511 -24% 319 $1,324   $41,786,743 13
1998/03/20 32 $239,676 -43% 321 $747   $42,026,419 14
1998/03/27 35 $134,007 -44% 130 $1,031   $42,160,426 15
1998/04/03 44 $95,640 -29% 103 $929   $42,256,066 16
1998/04/10 24 $406,387 +325% 395 $1,029   $42,662,453 17
1998/04/17 33 $219,631 -46% 280 $784   $42,882,084 18
1998/04/24 47 $100,808 -54% 170 $593   $42,982,892 19

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Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records



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