Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

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  • Directed By: Richard Lanni
  • Written By: Richard Lanni, Mike Stokey
  • Release Date: April 13, 2018
  • Domestic Distributor: Fun Academy
  • Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Logan Lerman, Gérard Depardieu

Box Office Info:
Budget: $22 millionFinanced by: Fun Academy
Domestic Box Office: $4,015,935Overseas Box Office: $485,130


The Irish corporation Labyrinth Media & Publishing developed an American subsidiary called Fun Academy and their first theatrical feature was the animated Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero.  Fun Academy has focused its patriotic projects on America’s involvement in wars, which is not very fun of the Fun Academy.  The budget for Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero was a modest $22 million and the financing was put together by Fun Academy, which courted private investors and relied on tax rebates.   Fun Academy was originally searching for a domestic distributor for the picture, but eventually announced that they would handle the theatrical release.

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero was dated for April 13, 2018 and bowed against Rampage, Truth Or Dare and funny enough, the wide expansion of Isle Of Dogs.  Tracking was pointing to a $2M opening, which was expected since Fun Academy did not advertise the movie on TV to kids and instead had a promotional partnership with The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission — which is about the last place on earth this movie’s core demographic would ever go on their own accord.

Reviews were lukewarm and Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero was booked into 1,633 empty locations, where it pulled in $1,164,154 with a dreadful $713 per screen average.  Even with an A cinemascore from auds, attendance was cut in half the following weekend, where it declined 50.2% to $579,526 and then promptly lost most of its theater count.  The domestic run closed with a mere $4,015,935.

The patriotic American theme predictably did not resonate in any offshore market and it saw a fleeting theatrical release in a few countries to all of $485,130.

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