There's an abundance of box office gold across the Big Pond, just waiting to be mined by movie producers. So much so, that according to a new study, it's enough treasure that would even make Long John Silver stand up on his one good leg and take notice.
Movieguide® recently released the results of its three-year study on the box office results of top movies released internationally. The report reveals that moviegoers overseas prefer movies with Christian content and biblical morality.
Positive Content Equals Billions at Box Office
The study found that 20 of the top 25 films released overseas from 2005 through 2007 - or 80 percent - that had strong or very strong Christian content and/or biblical morality made almost $8.16 billion out of about $10.2 billion.
The other five movies without positive content made only $2 billion or four times less money.
"For 18 years we have been tracking the movie box office in North America and overseas, and presenting our findings at the Annual Movieguide® Awards Gala," Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®, explained. "Year in and year out, our statistics show that moviegoers prefer movies with Christian content and values and movies promoting positive moral virtues from the Bible, both the Jewish and Christian versions."
"In the last three years, the overseas box office has become even more important than the box office in the United States and Canada, so we decided to see what kind of content was in the top movies making $100 million or more overseas," he said.
The Movieguide study also revealed that only two of the top 25 movies overseas from 2005 to 2007, had a very strong, overt anti-Christian message.
In addition, only two of the films had a very strong immoral world view violating God's moral commands in the Bible, either the Hebrew Scriptures or those found in the New Testament. None of those movies had any strong homosexual content.
Still Rooting for the Good Guy
"This study shows that even moviegoers overseas prefer good to conquer evil; justice to triumph over injustice; truth to prevail over falsehood, and purity to overcome indecency," Dr. Baehr said.
Films containing strong or very strong positive content included Spider-Man 3, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, I Am Legend, Ratatouille, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Madagascar, Night at the Museum, Live Free or Die Hard, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Mission Impossible III, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and two Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Dead Man's Chest and At World's End.
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