3rd Biggest Overseas Box Office Earner Isn't What You Think
Most of this industry is obsessed with the domestic box office results, but we can't forget that overseas box office results are just as important as well. While we don't normally care about box office numbers, this was just too shocking. As of this moment, Titanic is the #1 overseas box office earner, at $1.24 billion, followed by Return of the King at $742 million. This week, the #3 spot, currently held by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, will be overtaken by one of this year's releases. What is it? Not what you think. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs has passed $657.5 million at the overseas box office. Are you kidding me?!
Here's the really messed up part of this story. Ice Age 3 (as it's better known) has only made $194 million in the US (ranked #7 for this year domestically). And it has a 44% on Rotten Tomatoes. How the hell did this movie beat out every last Harry Potter movie? And The Dark Knight? And all six of the Star Wars movies? Box office results are always crazy, they're always hard to predict accurately, and even when the reaction is fairly bad (e.g. Transformers 2), the movie can still make a lot of money, but this is just insane! I guess now we know why Fox continues to make more Ice Age movies - they make bank on them overseas. Go figure!
Because I live in the US, it's admittedly hard for me to really judge the overseas box office, especially since cultures around the world differ so much from ours, that there's really no way for me to know how or why people choose to see certain movies. However, I would've never thought that the third Ice Age movie, which I thought almost everyone hated (at least those who went to see it), would end up becoming the #3 biggest overseas box office earner. It just doesn't make any sense? Why isn't it Transformers 2? Or Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? I'm just shocked by all this. Is it just me though? Is anyone else blown away?
You can find a complete worldwide box office chart over on Box Office Mojo, although it should be noted that the worldwide totals combine both domestic and overseas totals. Special thanks to Movieline as well, as they were originally baffled by this news, too. And thanks to Hollywood Reporter for the latest overseas box office report. I don't really want to say (yes I do) that Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs doesn't deserve to be up that high on the charts, but I would feel much happier knowing it wasn't some bad animated movie that was a recorder breaker. I would even be happier with Transformers 2 being #3. But maybe that's just me?