The Girl With The $200M Box Office Gross

(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)

Despite much questioning about how well David Fincher’s English-language remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was doing, the first film in an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy passed two milestones earlier this month, reports have announced – the first to gross a total of $200 million worldwide and the second to gross of a total of $100 million in North America alone.

Nominated for five Academy Awards, the film, which stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, had a budget of $90 million but only grossed $12.8 million when it opened in the UK in December last year.

This Christmas opening, however, is one of the reasons as to why the film didn’t do as well as expected as the film included a number of disturbing scenes that weren’t appropriate for the Christmas period.

The first Swedish film to be adapted from the trilogy in 2010 grossed $104.4 million worldwide, and whilst Fincher’s English adaptation has already passed this mark, it is still yet to open in a number of territories, including Japan, and is still currently being shown at 668 North American locations.

At the Oscar nominees luncheon earlier this month, Mara, who has been nominated for Best Actress, commented on a possible sequel: “I’m signed up for the other two. Hopefully they will do them. I think they will, but I’m not sure when.”

These sequels are now going ahead despite previous worries that the film hadn’t done well enough for the trilogy continue, so hopefully the next piece of news we here will be confirming when the next adaptation, The Girl Who Plays With Fire, will start filming and whether or not Fincher will continue to direct.

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