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Movies and the International Market

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.

Likely 2014 Academy Award Contenders

Gravity

Rush

The Butler

Blue Is The Warmest Color

Captain Phillips

Nebraska

12 Years A Slave

Saving Mr. Banks

All Is Lost

The Counselor

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