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Russell Crowe the $200 million man at foreign box office

By Dean Goodman
July 5, 2010

russell2Russell Crowe’s career may cooled a little in North America, but the New Zealand-born Australian resident remains a firm favorite with international audiences.

His latest release, “Robin Hood,” just passed the $200 million mark at the foreign box office, the first time he has hit a double-century since his Oscar-winning “Gladiator” ended up with $270 million in 2000.

On a worldwide basis, including respectable U.S./Canada sales of $104 million, the period action-adventure has earned $305.7 million. The only films ahead of it in Crowe’s canon are “Gladiator” ($457 million) and “A Beautiful Mind” ($313.5 million). Crowe will likely have to wait until later this year to see if “Robin Hood” can move up to No. 2. The film has yet to open in just one market — Japan, in December. 

According to “Robin Hood” distributor Universal Pictures, top foreign markets so far include: Britain ($22 million), France ($17 million), Australia ($16 million), Italy ($14 million), Germany ($14 million), Spain ($12 million), Russia $12 million, South Korea $10 million, Mexico $9 million, Brazil ($8 million) and China ($7 million).


Yes, Russell Crowe’s career has cooled in North America…but he is not alone. We are going through a cartoon, teen age garbage era which is all that is guaranteed to make money. In the USA the kids rule, in Europe, the adults rule….Just one of those things. cheers

Posted by crowelady | Report as abusive

every russell crowe movie that opens i am therE first night. i loved robin hood! he is the ultimate male movie star in my book.i always believe his acting is genuine , and am eagerly awaiting his next film!!

Posted by pami | Report as abusive

Russell Crowe is the best actor the world has these days. I don’t care about whether his career has cooled down in the US or not. We all know the young generation of moviegoers in the US have sold their lives dearly to CGI tech and grand spectacle with no quality stories. I’ll always be the one in the front line who watch Russell Crowe’s movies. I watched Robin Hood 17 times!! He’s forever a leading man and a character actor. Can’t wait to watch The Next Three Days next November.

Posted by susi079 | Report as abusive

Russell, and Ridley, makes films for grown ups. I would personally like to see him play a villain, but at least he hasn’t descended to cartoonism. If US film critics are too stupid to realise that they have stood by while the barbarians have thrown down the gates and burned the library then more fool them.

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