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Isn’t the Foreign Box Office Great?

It used to be that Americans were held responsible for watching bad movies. But it’s not even Americans anymore. You would think that a bad movie that deservedly bombs locally would just disappear. But no.

Puss in Boots seemed like a dud, but internationally it’s on track to cross 200 million and it’s tops in a bunch of markets. The character was always aimed at international audiences anyway. Which means a sequel is likely.

Real Steel, you know that dumb bastardization of one of the darker stories, into something that reminds you of Stallone’s Over the Top, did poorly at home, but overseas it’s approaching 200 million. That’s right. 200 million. Americans might have hated it, but South Koreans loved it. It scored 23 million in a country which has around twice that many people. It was almost as popular in Hong Kong. Does that mean there’s going to be a Real Steel 2? Probably not. But it means the people who made it don’t look as dumb as they should.

In Time bombed here. It’s a 100 million dollar movie internationally.

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  • Chris January 25, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Designing films for the foreign box office is going to kill Hollywood. Actually, it already has in a lot of ways. Pre-90’s films had a definite American vibe and had attempts at actual plot. Starting in the 90’s that began to shift as films became more and more bland to lure in foreign viewers. Whether it is poor taste in movies or the difficulty in getting across Americanisms to foreign audiences or a mix of both, I don’t know. But, the result is American audiences leaving in droves. Those numbers show it’s reached the tipping point.

  • contact1 January 27, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Well, one man’s meat is another man’s poison. What does not appeal to Americans doesn’t mean is crap. And you are definitely right that sometimes its the producers who get the last laugh.

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