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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:

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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




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.


Edited by Mike_tn

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I really wish John Carter was on this list.


You and me both.



Make that three.

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I'm saying I *wish* it had earned enough overseas to make the list. Because I think its failure had more to do with a lousy marketing campaign than the movie itself. You can find my review on my website. And there's a substantial thread about it here somewhere.



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And I read a detailed account of the marketing campaign of John Carter, and it's on that thread as well.


That said, I'm deliriously happy that Pacific Rim made this list.

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