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Films Made In The USA Find More Foreign Success

You may have loved Despicable Me, but someone overseas loved it more.

This summer, like every summer, the multiplex is full of sequels to movies that some might say barely deserved a first pass. Why must we suffer anew? Apparently international tastes are more forgiving.

Despicable Me (2010)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Percy Jackson & The Olympians (2010)

  • 39.2%

    Domestic revenue*
  • 60.8%

    Foreign revenue
  • Sequel:

    Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters: August 7

Red (2010)

Smurfs (2011)

Cars 2 (2011)

*Proportion of total box office receipts, according to

Everett Collection (Despicable Me)

A version of this article appeared in the July/August 2013 issue of Fast Company magazine.

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