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A list of 19 successful big budget films since 2008 that would be domestic failures without foreign sales. But with foreign sales accounting for about 70% of all sales, these films grossed at least twice their production budgets, most by comfortable margins. Foreign Percent Of Total Lifetime Grosses (non-exhaustive list as of 3-1-14) 2008 Burn After Reading 63.1% of sales came from foreign markets 2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still 66% 2008 Quantum of Solace 71.3% 2009 A Serious Man 70.6% 2009 2012 78.4% 2010 Gulliver's Travels 82% 2010 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 74.9% 2010 The Tourist 75.7% 2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 73% 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes 63.3% 2011 The Rite 65.6% 2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 75.2% 2011 Puss In Boots 73.1% 2012 The Amazing Spider-Man 65.2% 2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 70.2% 2013 The Wolverine 68% 2013 Pacific Rim 75.2% 2013 (still playing) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 72.1% 2013 (still playing) Thor: The Dark World 67.9% Sources: http://www.boxofficemojo.com and http://www.imdb.com *** Some Reasons: (see attached pic also) 1) a cinema boom in the emerging world, 2) a concerted effort by the major studios to make films that might play well outside America and 3) a global marketing push to make sure they do. Source: "Hollywood goes global: Bigger Abroad" The Economist Feb 17th 2011 http://www.economist.com/node/18178291 *** A or B? A] The influence of the foreign box office will result in Americans adjusting their standards for movies. B]This only provides another definition of what a bad movie is.