The international box office for
The animated movie from
That is not a flop by any means, but the nearly $100-million production will need big numbers when it opens in Japan, Russia and Australia to be considered a global smash.
The last animated film to hit theaters overseas was
While noting that "Epic" has met expectations, Craig Dehmel, a senior vice president at 20th Century Fox, said the film's plot may make the movie a tougher sell outside the U.S.
" 'Epic' is unique and a more complex story than much of the typical animated fare and that can sometimes make it more challenging for international audiences to discover," Dehmel said.
The movie has made its biggest marks in Mexico and Brazil.
Although they may seem uniquely American, animated films, like action movies, tend to do very well abroad. Fox's