Per TheWrap, here are the top 10 highest grossing movies, domestic and international, from last year:
Marvel’s The Avengers: $1.5B
The Dark Knight Rises: $1.08B
The Hobbit: $888.3M
Ice Age: Continental Drift: $876.4M
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: $822.7M
The Amazing Spider-Man: $754.8M
Madagascar: Europe’s Most Wanted: $743.8M
The Hunger Games: $691.2M
Men In Black 3: $625M
Let’s see: Sequel, Sequel, Sequel, Prequel, Sequel, Sequel, Reboot, Sequel, Adaptation, Sequel. Hm. Is there a possible trend here?
If we drill down beneath this obvious news, we find something else: 9 of the 10 movies generated more revenue in international markets than domestic, most at least twice as much with Ice Age leading the way: $161.2M domestic / $715.2M foreign, which means 82% of revenues by this film derived from international box office.
The only movie in the top 10 that did not earn more dollars overseas was The Hunger Games: $408M domestic / $283.2M foreign. Why? Is the book series not popular overseas? The only movie in the top ten with a female lead? People internationally haven’t discovered how fantastic Jennifer Lawrence is? Your thoughts?
One takeaway for screenwriters: If you want Hollywood to froth over you and fling massive coinage your way? Write a franchise movie.