According to this article in the L.A. Times, foreign audiences often flock to see movies Americans reject.
Gulliver’s Travels? The Tourist? Flops here, generating big business everywhere else.
But why? Why would foreign people want to see Prince of Persia: Sands of Time any more than Americans do? Are they stupid? Stupider than us, the people who made mega-hits of Grown Ups and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen?
The argument is that the U.S. is the only country capable of making $100 million 3-D extravaganzas, and foreign audiences watch them because their native studios can’t make anything to compete at that scale. But why watch all of them? Can’t they be a little discerning?
Anyways–the results are depressing. Hollywood has “abandoned making dramas.” Hooray! Comedies don’t play that well overseas, either, although they’re cheaper, so hopefully we’ll be able to hold onto them for a while.