September 25, 2011

THE BIJOU: Early International Boxoffice


The Hollywood Reporter has some quick overseas numbers, and THE SMURFS continues to feed the seemingly endless international appetite for 3D family movies.  Smurfs has reached an unbelievable $364M overseas, for a worldwide total of half a billion dollars.
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES also has a very handsome $250M internationally, but it’s a lesser increment over its $174M domestic gross.  Predictably, that’s even more true of CAPTAIN AMERICA, whose $186M overseas is just barely over its $174M in the US.  And COWBOYS AND ALIENS, which is close to eking out $100M domestically, has only $66M to its name overseas.  (In terms of major territories, both Captain and Cowboys have yet to play Japan, and Cowboys hasn’t hit Russia yet either.)

On a far smaller scale, FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, in a genre that doesn’t always hit internationally, has impressively equalled its $55M US gross.  In comparison, CRAZY STUPID LOVE is only at $35M overseas, despite US boxoffice over $80M.
The FINAL DESTINATION franchise has been surviving (unlike its stars) on its overseas business, and the fifth installment is no exception, with around $105M that more than doubles its $42M domestic result.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."