Originally Posted by MovieSwede
But its foolish to judge a movies success on the US market alone, when its the total market that actually determines if a movie is successful.
Total market minus total expenses.
It's made $240 million, but it cost $209 million alone just to make the thing, not to mention marketing, prints, advertising, etc. Anymore, Hollywood movies have to earn well over twice their filming budget just to get in the black. Remember John Carter? Did well overseas, too, but failed in the US, didn't make it into the black, and that's the last we'll hear of it.
That's why the combined total is so important, and a major haul in the US usually translates into an even better push abroad. It's possible a film could be successful on overseas box office alone, but it doesn't happen very often.