October 2, 2011


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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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>The Smurfs continue to print money overseas — now only $26 million from passing Cars 2 in worldwide box office revenue.  Dolphin Tale (#54) and Moneyball (#56) are currently not on the chart and have no overseas money to date.  Dolphin Tale will certainly be more exportable than Moneyball — the baseball theme will just be too big a barrier in most foreign markets.  Lion King in 3D sits at #33, with $19 million overseas to date and a projected final domestic gross of $118 million.  The other recent movies, none of which appear on the top 30 chart below, are grossing in the $5 million range overseas.  No significant winners or trends are apparent as the numbers are so small.   

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Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.