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  • 13 Movies That Bombed In The US But Were Huge Hits Overseas In 2013

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    It's no secret Hollywood is becoming more and more dependent on the foreign box office to make a profit on films.

    China is currently the largest source of international box office earnings, and by 2018, it's predicted to be the number one source for box-office income. Thus it's no surprise that "Iron man 3" had alternate scenes for Chinese audiences and upcoming sequel "Transformers: Age of Extinction" was filmed in China.

    Which films received the biggest boost overseas last year?

    We looked at the top 100 grossing movies of 2013 from the biggest studios and narrowed it down to films where the overseas gross accounted for 70% or more of the film’s box-office gross. These films are ordered by increasing dependence on foreign earnings.Though "Runner, Runner" bombed opening weekend in the US ($7.7 million), it picked up in the foreign markets.

    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    Ron Howard's "Rush" was a slow draw domestically. It's international gross helped bring it near $100 million.
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    DreamWorks Animation's snail tale "Turbo" was one of the weakest-performing animated films in the states.
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    "The Last Stand" was one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's lowest opening weekends in the US. It tripled its domestic earnings overseas but is still one of the actor's worst-performing movies.
    Page 2 of 4 - (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    "The Counselor" wasn't a big hit for Ridley Scott here, but overseas its box-office intake doubled the film's budget.
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    "After Earth" made less than half its budget in the US, but made up for it with nearly $200 million in foreign gross.
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    "Pacific Rim" wouldn't have become one of the highest-grossing films of 2013 if it wasn't for the foreign box office.
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" more than tripled its earnings overseas to bring its total gross to $225.7 million.
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    "A Good Day to Die Hard" didn't even break $100 million domestically, but went on to make more than $300 million worldwide.
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    "The Smurfs 2" performed worse than "Turbo" domestically but because of an overseas bump made nearly $250 million worldwide.
    (Source: Box Office Mojo)
    Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger's return in "Escape Plan" bombed in the states, but made quadruple in foreign gross.
    (Source: Box Office Mojo/IMDBPro)
    Page 3 of 4 - The US wasn't crazy for Rachel McAdam's time travel romance "About Time," but it made more than $70 million overseas.
    (Source: Box Office Mojo) 
    Here are a few other movies with huge overseas intakes from last year:

    Jack the Giant Slayer”: $197.7 million worldwide

    $65.2 million domestic
    $132.5 million overseas (67%)
    Budget: $195 million
    Distributor: Warner Bros. 

    Oblivion”: $286.2 million

    $89.1 million domestic
    $197 million overseas (68.9%)
    Budget: $120 million
    Distributor: Universal 

    Beautiful Creatures”: $60 million

    $19.5 million domestic
    $40.6 million overseas (67.6%)
    Budget: $60 million
    Distributor: Warner Bros. 

    Elysium”: $286.1 million 

    $93 million domestic
    $193.1 million overseas (67.5%)
    Budget: $115 million
    Distributor: TriStar 

    Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”: $200 million

    $68.6 million domestic
    $121.3 million overseas (65.7%)
    Budget: $90 million
    Distributor: Fox 

    White House Down”: $205.4 million

    Page 4 of 4 - $73.1 million domestic
    $132.3 million overseas (64.4 %)
    Budget: $150 million
    Distributor: Sony
    Those were last year's movies ...
    Now see which movies you should check out this year >
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