So, why do films come in pairs? I wonder.
For that, I mean two films with very similar themes being released in cinemas – unexplainably – almost simultaneously. How did this happen?
1993/1994 – Tombstone and Wyatt Earp
1998 – Armageddon and Deep Impact
1998 – The Thin Red Line and Saving Private Ryan
1998 – Antz and A Bug’s Life
2003, 2004 – Finding Nemo and Shark Tale
2004, 2005 – Ray and Walk the Line
2006 – Flight 93 and World Trade Center
2006 – The Illusionist and The Prestige (Can you remember which is which from the titles? I can’t.)
And how about body swap stories, end of the world stories, Truman Capote biopics, baseball films, Joan of Arc biopics, etc.
The latest pair – both currently playing in Australian cinemas – is “completely disabled man finds happiness and sexual fulfilment”. We have The Sessions (from the USA) and The Intouchables (from France). Both are quality films, but this time – incredibly – the French film is easily out-performing the American one in the box office in both countries, as the box office table below indicates (figures current as of 3 December 2012, although The Intouchables North American box office does not include Canada, which would improve its standing by at least ten percent, and possibly more because of French Canada.
|Film||North American box office (US$)||Australian box office (AUS$)||Ratio: North America to Australia|
Note: the standard projected North American box office to Australian box office is 10:1; on that basis both films are doing comparatively very well in Australia and much more popular than would normally be expected.
(Prediction: The Intouchables may feature high on Oscar nominations, especially for best foreign language film and its two lead actors. It’s a crowd-pleaser.)