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"The Adventures of TIntin," Steven Spielberg's performance-capture-animation adaptation of Herge's boy reporter comics character, wasn't quite taken to the hearts of American audiences last year. Reviews were lukewarm and, in a packed Christmas season, the film was crushed by the competition, hobbling to a fairly meagre $77 million domestically; not so great for a film that cost well north of $100 million. But what you may not know is that the film was a huge hit internationally, taking in an additional $300 million, for a grand total closing in on $400 million, meaning it likely would have made a profit theatrically, so everything else from home video on was all gravy. As such, talk of a sequel -- which began almost as soon as the first film was announced -- doesn't seem so hasty after all, and, according to the film's director, may be going before cameras/sensors sooner than you think. Since day one, »


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