"The Avengers" is quickly becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time, earning nearly $1.2 billion worldwide. Keep in mind that 3D movies cost more and the price for a movie ticket has increased over the years. Knowing that, "The Avengers" still sits alongside "Titanic," "Gone With the Wind," "Star Wars," and "Avatar."
These are great numbers for American films, but what about high earners in other countries? Many films have broken box-office records in their own countries and continued to gain more money worldwide.
France: 'The Intouchables'
Surprised the highest grossing French film isn't "Amelie"? While "Amelie" did well at the box office with $173 million, it isn't the highest-grossing movie to emerge from France. That honor goes to "The Intouchables."
The film has broken box office records left and right, bringing in $339 million; it's touted as the one film nearly all of France has seen since its release in November 2011. And it hasn't even reached the United States, yet.
Go see "The Intouchables" starting May 25, 2012.
Taiwan: 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'
Not only did "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" have amazing acting, fighting, and cinematography, it also had help from several countries. Taiwan, Hong Kong, the United States, and China all helped make this film. No wonder it was so popular all around the globe, earning $213 million worldwide.
India: '3 Idiots'
$77 million might not seem like much compared to "The Avengers," but take into consideration that one Indian Rupee is worth less than 2 cents. Movie tickets are cheap, so everyone can enjoy them. Suddenly, $77 million looks good.
Italy: 'Life Is Beautiful'
The story of a man providing laughter among death, "Life Is Beautiful" has brought in $229 million worldwide. It is Italy's highest grossing film internationally, but not its domestic highest-grossing film.
"What a Beautiful Day" toppled "Life is Beautiful" last year. "What a Beautiful Day" is a comedy far different from the movie previously occupying the position of Italy's biggest movie. It is about a security guard, a cathedral, and a terrorist bomb.
Mexico: 'Pan's Labyrinth'
Before "Pan's Labyrinth," the highest grossing Mexican film was "Like Water for Chocolate." The dark fairy tale toppled the surrealist love story and netted $83 million worldwide. They are two very different films, but both appealed to audiences around the world.
It took a couple years before "Hero" became a box office hit and the highest-grossing Chinese film worldwide. It didn't receive an American release until two years after release in China. That release provided a huge chunk of change for "Hero," grossing $177 million worldwide.
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