Tuesday, January 3, 2012

10 Movies of 2011 Saved by the Overseas Market

How huge is the overseas movie Box Office?

It's huge.

Films like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Transformers: Dark of the Moon were all catapulted to the Billion Dollar range because of huge overseas grosses. However, I'm not here to talk about those movies that were already successful stateside, rather the ones that didn't do so well in the States and benefited greatly because of the overseas market. I'm leaving movies like Johnny English* off this list because it is directly not an American film (although, I guess the same could be said for Tintin and The Three Musketeers). Here are 10 movies of 2011 that would have become flops if it wasn't for an overseas market.

*if you wanted to know, Johnny English - Budget: $45 million, Domestic Gross: $8.3 million, Foreign Gross: $150.3 million, Total Gross: $158.6 million.
**This list is as of Jan 2 2012

Scream 4
It was a major flop in the States, especially with all the hype leading up to it's release. A small, but enough of a overseas gross helped this movie go from a box office flop to a box office disappointment... by comparison, Scream 3 made over $161 million worldwide.
Budget: $40 million
Domestic Gross: $38.2 million
Foreign Gross: $60 million
Total Gross: $97.1


Sanctum
Remember the marketing for this film with James Cameron's name all over this... even though he's just the producer? Well it worked overseas.
Budget: $30 million
Domestic Gross: $23.2 million
Foreign Gross: $85.4 million
Total Gross: $108.6 million

The Three Musketeers
This movie didn't do well at all in the states. Luckily it did reasonably well overseas to make it's loss not substantial.
Budget: $75 million
Domestic Gross: $20.4 million
Foreign Gross: $111.9 million
Total Gross: $132.3 million



In Time
This came and went here in the States, but surprisingly it got a strong following overseas.
Budget: $40 million
Domestic Gross: $37 million
Foreign Gross: $95.6 million
Total Gross: $133.5 million


The Green Hornet
It was an expensively risky run-of-the-mill action comedy that almost tanked.
Budget: $120 million
Domestic Gross: $98.8 million
Foreign Gross: $129 million
Total Gross: $227.8 million


Real Steel
Rockem' Sockem' Robots looked like an expensive dud from the trailers... I guess Wolverine in any movie does well overseas.
Budget: $110 million
Domestic Gross: $84.6 million
Foreign Gross: $192.7 million
Total Gross: $277.3 million


Rango
I'm pretty sure they expected this big budget first run non-Disney animated film to do much better in the states. Especially with Johnny Depp's name all over this film.
Budget: $135 million
Domestic Gross: $123.3 million
Foreign Gross: $122 million
Total Gross: $245.2 million


X-men: First Class
It seems the X-men series is finding a burnout as this is the lowest grossing X-men in the series (stateside). Maybe because Wolverine isn't the lead character anymore?
Budget: $160 million
Domestic Gross: $146.4 million
Foreign Gross: $207.2 million
Total Gross: $353.6 million


Cars 2
The worst rated Pixar movie becomes the first Pixar film to not reach it's budget in the states. Let's just say the original Cars made $244 million to Cars 2 ($191.5 million).
Budget: $200 million
Domestic Gross: $191.5 million
Foreign Gross: $368.4 million
Total Gross: $559.9 million


The Adventures of Tintin
Probably the most oddly contrasting grosses on this list. Steven Speilberg's Tintin failed to deliver an audience in the states but did exceptionally well overseas where more people are familiar with this product. So here's to wondering if they will make another one.
Budget: $135 million
Domestic Gross: $50.8 million
Foreign Gross: $260.5 million
Total Gross: $311.3 million


1 comment:

  1. I don't understand why these still weren't considered failures. Overseas only provides 45% if you are lucky and domestic 55%. So if you were chairitable you could take the gross and divide it by 2. These would still leave several movies that didn't cover the budget, if you include the marketing none of these made a profit.I don't understand how these studios stay in business. Summit has only made money on Twilight and has suffered tremendous losses on most of the other movies. Studio execs couldn't survive in the regular worldwhere you would be fired for such losses.

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