IFTA Releases Worldwide Box Office Grosses

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Sun, 02/27/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Independent Film & Television Alliance has released its first annual compilation of worldwide box office grosses for the top-50 Independent films of 2010. Non-English language films comprised more than one-third of the total globally according to the IFTA. Films from Japan led the non-English titles with nine out of 13.
Japan’s three top earners collectively grossed nearly $300 million and all of them were among the top-20. French films secured two places on the Top-50 list followed by Italy and Brazil with one each.
Meanwhile Twilight Saga: Eclipse topped the list grossing $698 491 000 worldwide. Thirty-seven English-language titles made the list overall.
  “The talent and imagination of the independent film industry is evident throughout the world ” says IFTA president and CEO Jean Prewitt. 
 Among non-English films Japan secured the No. 9 position with Karigurashi No Arrietty (The Borrower Arrietty) which grossed $114.1 million. It also scored with two other top worldwide performers:  Umizaru: The Last Message with $95.5 million at No. 12 and Odoru Daisosasen 3 ) Bayside Shakedown 3) grossing $83.2 million to place No. 15.

Brazil’s Portuguese-language Tropa De Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2) finished 25th with $61.5 million. France’s highest-ranked entry was Le Petits Mouchoirs (Little White Lies) in 34th place at $47.3 million. Italy’s Benvenutial Al Sud landed at No. 43 with $41.5 million.
 IFTA compiled the top-50 list based on data from Rentrak Box Office Essentials.
  The Independent Film & Television Alliance www.ifta-online.org