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Do "American" military movies generally profit outside of the US?

The site Box Office Mojo is a good resource. It gives domestic and foreign grosses. For instance, Saving Private Ryan grossed more abroad ($265,300,000) than here in the States ($216,540,909). The ...
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Who is the highest-grossing debut director?

Note: All information on box office come from BoxOfficeMojo, and was gathered by simply working my way down the list of highest grossing films of all time and checking who directed them, and if they'd ...
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Why was the film Annihilation pulled out of theaters?

One major reason was a clash between two of the producers of the movie, Scott Rudin and David Ellison about how the movie should be edited. The studio is finalizing a deal with Netflix to take over ...
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Why was the film Annihilation pulled out of theaters?

Why Paramount did not give a chance to the international public and based its decision solely on the North American Box Office? Because they didn't want to take the chance. As you say, the movie ...
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Who is the highest-grossing debut director?

As per source for best directional debut, it is Tim Miller who directed Deadpool that grossed over $782.6 million. Timothy "Tim" Miller is an American film director and visual effects ...
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Do "American" military movies generally profit outside of the US?

Short answer: yes, provided you don't offend anyone. Longer answer: yes and/or no, depending on how you look at it. Firstly, I'm a little surprised that no one has mentioned the language barrier with ...
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Why are box office numbers made public?

I have worked in the film distribution industry for the past 15 years and handle box office numbers on a daily basis. There are companies that track the box office ticket sales by cinema, on behalf ...
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How do TV shows earn money and how to find the stats about it?

TV Stations are constantly updating their 'revenue map' - this is how much money they make at certain times on certain days - it's really just an annual calendar, it has to be annual to take into ...
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Who is the highest-grossing female director?

Box Office Mojo has a more comprehensive list of directors that you can sort by box office gross. As of this writing, The Wachowskis are the top-grossing female co-directors, since they both now ...
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What is the most commercially successful movie adaption of a video game?

In the years since the last answer was released a couple of films have topped it in the global box-office Warcraft earned $433.7M in 2016 Rampage earned $428.0M in 2018 The Angry Birds Movie earned ...
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How do movie studios evaluate the success of a film?

Some of this comes from the confusing world of movie budgeting. Most frequently the reported cost of a movie is the amount of money spent on: Preproduction activities. Obtaining story rights, ...
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What percentage of movies make a net loss during their theatrical run?

It took some years, but I found the source. Edit: Thanks to @user7812's comment, I found this page giving a much more detailed and recent answer (based on insider information) than the one given ...
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Why was Birdman on limited release?

Simple: it's most likely a marketing strategy. The two tactics employed are called either limited release, or platform release. Limited release is when a movie is released to a limited number of ...
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Why wasn't Bohemian Rhapsody given a China release?

Well, Bohemian Rhapsody got a limited release in China. It released on March 22, 2019 According to The New York Times, the Queen biopic hit theaters in the country last weekend, but it was an altered ...
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Highest earning films by cost to earning ratio

Yes there is. I found it at the-numbers.com. I will work on formatting this better. Most Profitable Movies, Based on Return on Investment Release Date Movie Approx. Profit ...
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Why are box office numbers made public?

Well one clear reason for making box-office numbers public is marketing. Good numbers help a lot in building the brand name of production studios. If one movie from a particular studio makes huge ...
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Do "American" military movies generally profit outside of the US?

The US makes huge numbers of movies and, in the UK at least, the majority of the movies we see are American. As such, we're completely used to the people in the movies being Americans. The cops in the ...
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Do "American" military movies generally profit outside of the US?

For the movies you quoted, here is the box office in France, and the "users ratings" according to allociné.fr. White House Down : 539 512 tickets sold, 3.4/5 Saving Private Ryan : 4 112 849 ticket ...
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When discussing box office revenue why do we typically only refer to the domestic total and not the worldwide total?

It depends what the point of the analysis is. Rotten Tomatoes, a review site, is mostly concerned with helping US consumers pick what movies to watch. To the average US consumer, it matters more ...
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Is it possible to predict the financial success of movies?

Is it possible to predict movie success? Yes How accurate it can be? Nobody knows. Maybe 70% to 90%. There are already various models present for movie success prediction but they not always ...
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Did Alita make enough for a sequel?

The production budget for the film was about $200 million, but that only covers the costs of actually making the movie. That does not include other costs related to the movie, such as advertising ...
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Why are box office numbers made public?

TL; DR: The numbers are made public because they are public - they're available to anyone who is willing to pay a commercial fee. There are plenty of reasons why people want to know this, such as ...
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Why was Birdman on limited release?

While it's scored highly among critics and fans alike, it's still an indie film. Indie films just don't have the distribution channels that major studios have. If the film continues to do well and ...
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Do "American" military movies generally profit outside of the US?

Although we already have a rather objective box-office oriented answer, I'll try a rather general approach, with the help of some personal experience. First of all, even if this might not speak for ...
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Getting a movie's gross revenue trend

From your comment on my other answer, it seems like you're after a website like http://www.the-numbers.com/. This has breakdowns of revenue in a graph and table. It also includes stats on domestic, ...
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Movie accounting voodoo, what is the logic?

I think you are looking at this a bit incorrectly – First of all, you are oversimplifying the movie-making and financing process. It's not as monolithic as you make it seem. Sometimes a major ...
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Is the box office for 'Approaching the Unknown' really just 10K?

According to this website and its information: http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=approachingtheunknown.htm Total Lifetime Grosses Domestic: $10,232 Domestic Summary Opening Weekend: $6,...
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