Box Office Mojo points out that Life Of Pi is raking it in overseas, and may finish up somewhere in the region of $500m worldwide.
I wonder if that's some small sign of where things are going. Everyone's been talking about how important overseas money has become in recent years, but this is a pretty striking example of Hollywood putting out a big budget movie that you could argue has more inherent appeal outside the US than within.
When you look at it: the main characters are Indian, it has exactly one white American cast member who has about five minutes of screentime, it features plenty of peans to non-western religions, and the rare occasion the movie features the American continent it's only for Canada and Mexico! And even though it's only done modestly well in the US it seems to have paid off.
I wonder if we'll ever reach the stage where Hollywood finds itself quite deliberately making movies with limited US appeal when they know they can rake it in worldwide.