According to Variety, 20th Century Fox has surpassed the $1 billion mark in foreign box office revenue. Thanks to huge hits like Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the studio is dominating the global marketplace. It looks like a slate of sequels with colons in the title is what it takes to sell movie tickets.
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The other Fox films that contributed to their international success in 2009 were released in late 2008: Valkyrie, Marley and Me and Australia. With his starring roles in Wolverine and Australia, People‘s Sexiest Man Alive Hugh Jackman can take credit for helping the studio clear the $1 billion hurdle. The Oscar host sure is having a great year.