Movies and the International Market

Movies and the International Market

Our critics share picks from this year's impressive list of potential Oscar contenders and explain why youre seeing so many China-focused story lines in American films.

It might surprise some to learn that most American films earn far more at foreign box offices than at home -- often more than double the domestic take-- and that market is growing. As a result, American studios increasingly aim to please audiences abroad by catering to Chinese censors and European tastes. We look at the long list of potential Oscar contenders this year, including several featuring African American subjects, and explore how the international market is shaping what we see on the big screen.


Ann Hornaday

movie critic for The Washington Post

Lucas Shaw

President, DC Area Film Critics Association; film critic, WETA's "Around Town"

Tim Gordon

Film Reporter, The Wrap

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