Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
- 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 million||Financed by: Fun Academy|
|Domestic Box Office: $4,015,935||Overseas 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.