The Clifford movie fared very well at the box office in its opening weekend..
According to Deadline, Clifford the Big Red Dog pulled in $22 million domestically, with an additional $16.3 million coming from worldwide showings.
That very comfortably beats Paramount’s projections for what they were thinking the Clifford movie box office returns would be, which expected about $15-$17 million, since it was also releasing straight to Paramount Plus due to the pandemic.
Those numbers are even solid for this time of year pre-pandemic, just before the traditional Thanksgiving blockbuster rush and the Oscar bait releases.
Based on the classic picture books written and illustrated by Norman Bridwell, Clifford the Big Red Dog stars Darby Camp (Big Little Lies) as Emily Elizabeth Howard, Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil) as Emily Elizabeth’s mother Maggie, Jack Whitehall as Emily Elizabeth’s Uncle Casey, David Alan Grier (In Living Color) as Mr. Packard the landlord, and John Cleese (Monty Python) as the mysterious Mr. Bridwell.
Clifford movie box office does really well as family-friendly flick earns runner-up finish.
Kenan Thompson (Mighty Ducks, Saturday Night Live) and Russell Wong (Westworld) also have small roles in the film as well, with Thompson playing Clifford’s veterinarian.
The top earner this weekend at the box office was Marvel Studios’ Eternals, which pulled in $27.5 million, making its domestic total two weeks about $119 million and worldwide about $284 million, which is dreadful for a MCU film, but decent for a pandemic.
There were somewhere north of forty Clifford picture books written by Norman Bridwell, and then there have been three animated TV series, a PBS and an Amazon Prime Video series both titled Clifford the Big Red Dog and the PBS prequel Clifford’s Puppy Days, which had Hunger Games’ Suzanne Collins as head writer,
Thompson had a recurring role in the PBS series as Hamburger, a friend of Clifford’s Bulldog pal T-Bone, who was voiced by Thompson’s frequent collaborator Kel Mitchell, so the callback is a little convoluted but still very clever.