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$200 Million International Box Office Hits That Did It With the Least Amount of Help From America

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | June 25, 2010 | Comments ()


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In the history of cinema, there have been 416 films that have made $200 million or more (not adjusted for inflation) worldwide. Thirty-six of those movies managed to make over $200 million without a lot of help, percentage-wise, from the United States. That is to say, less than 30 percent of the overall gross of those 36 films came from domestic audiences. I don't know why this is fascinating to me, but it is. Maybe it is to you, too. I like box office numbers. Like this fun fact: Did you know that the Brad Pitt movie Troy, which was considered a huge failure in the United States, actually made nearly $500 million worldwide? It's true. Also, though Avatar is the biggest grossing movie of all time in America (and overseas), it only received about 28 percent of its $2.7 billion box office from America.

Overall, however, I have to concede that most of the movies --- save for two Ice Age movies and Die Hard With a Vengeance -- weren't much of a surprise to me. And I knew Hayao Miyazaki was huge internationally, but I didn't really realize how huge he is worldwide relative to the United States. But I guess my favorite title on this list of 36 films is the first one, a movie that managed to make $245 million worldwide without even being released in America. In fact, I've never even heard of it.

Here are the 36 films, of all time, that have made $200 million or more internationally with less than 30 percent of that gross coming from the US (U.S. box-office totals in parenthesis). And after the $3.8 million that Knight and Day put up on Wednesday, if that movie expects to eke out a profit, it's going to need a lot of international help. Fortunately for Cruise, international audiences have been kinder to him than we have.

1. Welcome to the Sticks -- $245 million ($0)
2. Howl's Moving Castle -- $235 million ($4.7 million)
3. Spirited Away -- $274 million ($10 million)
4. Ponyo -- $200 million ($15 million)
5. Mr. Bean's Holiday -- $229 million ($33 million)
6. Bean -- $251 million ($45 million)
7. Bridget Jones and the Edge of Reason $262 million ($40 million)
8. The Full Monty -- $257 million ($46 million)
9. Australia -- $211 ($49 million)
10. King Arthur -- $203 million ($51 million)
11. Four Weddings and a Funeral -- $245 million ($52 million)
12. Life is Beautiful -- $229 million ($57 million)
13. Love, Actually -- $246 million ($59 million)
14. Babe -- $254 million ($63 million)
15. The Fifth Element -- $263 ($63 million)
16. Dirty Dancing -- $214 million ($64 million)
17. The Golden Compass -- $372 million ($70 million)
18. Michael Jackson's This Is It -- $260 million ($72 million)
19. Bridget Jones' Diary -- $289 million ($71 million)
20. Prince of Persia -- $295 million ($82 million)
21. Schindler's List -- $321 million ($96 million)
22. Die Hard With a Vengeance -- $366 million ($100 million)
23. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor -- $401 million ($102 million)
24. The Last Samurai -- $456 million ($111 million)
25. Angels and Demons -- $485 million ($133 million)
26. Troy -- $497 million ($133 million)
27. Mamma Mia -- $609 ($144 million)
28. 2012 -- $769 million ($166 million)
29. Casino Royale -- $594 ($167 million)
30. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa -- $603 million ($180 million)
31. Quantum of Solace -- $586 million ($186 million)
32. Ice Age: Meltdown -- $655 million ($195 million)
33. Ice Age: Age of the Dinosaurs -- $886 ($196 million)
34. The Da Vinci Code -- $758 million ($217 million)
35. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets -- $868 million ($262 million)
36. Avatar -- $2.7 billion ($750 million)



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