Special Report

The Most Successful Foreign Films in America

Source: Courtesy of Great India Films

20. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017)
> Domestic ticket sales: $20.6 million
> International ticket sales: $238.9 million
> IMDb audience score: 8.2/10 (95,090 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 86% (22 votes)
> Directed by: S.S. Rajamouli

This Tollywood epic makes up the second part of the Baahubali series and functions as both a prequel and a sequel to its predecessor. The story centers on Mahendra Baahubali (Prabhas), who seeks revenge against his uncle over his father’s death. Its opening in North America broke box office records for an Indian film.

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19. Y tu mamá también (2002)
> Domestic ticket sales: $21.9 million
> International ticket sales: $31.2 million
> IMDb audience score: 7.7/10 (122,326 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 92% (137 votes)
> Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

Hollywood director Alfonso Cuarón returned to his Mexican roots with this coming-of-age Spanish-language drama. It sends two close friends and an older woman on a consequential road trip, where they cross all kinds of sexual boundaries. The story takes place in 1999 against a somewhat distant backdrop of socio-political turmoil.

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18. Monsoon Wedding (2002)
> Domestic ticket sales: $21.9 million
> International ticket sales: $26.7 million
> IMDb audience score: 7.3/10 (25,776 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 95% (128 votes)
> Directed by: Mira Nair

Mira Nair’s Indian dramedy examines themes of family tradition as it builds toward an elaborate arranged marriage. “A late radical shift in tone, from jittery exuberance to ruinous alienation, strikes an impressive contemporary note amid all the obeisance to custom,” wrote critic Joshua Rothkopf for the Chicago Reader.

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17. La Cage aux Folles II (1981)
> Domestic ticket sales: $22.9 million
> International ticket sales: Not available
> IMDb audience score: 5.7/10 (2,063 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 57% (7 votes)
> Directed by: Édouard Molinaro

Continuing the misadventures of a French gay couple, this middling sequel puts a slapstick twist on the spy thriller sub-genre. Upon taking possession of a stolen microfilm, the couple goes on the run. Its popularity in France and abroad was arguably powered by the success of its predecessor.

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16. Iron Monkey (1993)
> Domestic ticket sales: $23.8 million
> International ticket sales: Not available
> IMDb audience score: 7.5/10 (16,398 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 91% (96 votes)
> Directed by: Woo-Ping Yuen

From the stunt coordinator of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” comes this Hong Kong actioner, which interprets the story of Robin Hood through a martial arts lens. It debuted in 1993 but didn’t reach North American theaters until 2001, where it was shown with a number of controversial edits.

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