: I'm not sure if that's a rhetorical question, but I'll answer it anyway.
Nah, it wasn't rhetorical. Or not entirely, anyway. I didn't want to assume that there wasn't some ginormous fanbase (at home or overseas) that I might not be aware of. (I say this, BTW, as one whose wife has a fairly big collection of sci-fi and fantasy paperbacks -- including most if not all of the books in the Princess of Mars
series. I really should take those down off the shelf and read them soon, eh?)
FWIW, if we expand the list of films above to include those that grossed over $600 million worldwide, we find an additional 17 films, of which 8 are sequels or prequels. The remaining 9 films are:
- Forrest Gump
- The Sixth Sense
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- Kung Fu Panda
- The Incredibles
- The Passion of the Christ
- Mamma Mia!
I don't see any based-on-a-hit-bestseller titles here, but it does occur to me that, apart from the Pixar titles, the other films that made it this big tended to be word-of-mouth hits (e.g. The Sixth Sense
, or even the original Pirates of the Caribbean
) or, in the case of Hancock
, they happened to feature a Major Movie Star. The Passion of the Christ
, meanwhile, is a rare example of a film on this list that did a heck of a lot better in the United States than it did overseas; most of the films that got this big (especially films like 2012
, which grossed nearly FOUR TIMES as much overseas as it did in the U.S.) did so by appealing to the global audience.
doesn't have any Major Movie Stars, so Disney is presumably counting on the Pixar connection (even though this is not a Pixar film, and even though this is a live-action effort) as well as the foreign markets (where even films like Prince of Persia
can be nearly three times as lucrative as they were in the U.S.).
And presumably they're also hoping for good word-of-mouth, of course, though the early buzz has been kind of so-so, at least as far as I can tell.