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Cameron Diaz’s “Bad Teacher” crosses $200M worldwide

By Sean O’Connell Summer 2011 officially is drawing to a close, and the producers of R-rated comedies will be sad to see it go.

Audiences have flocked to most raunchy comedies released into the marketplace over the summer, with three R-rated films crossing the $200 million mark worldwide. The latest, “Bad Teacher,” managed the feat just this past weekend, posting an additional $2.2M at international box offices to push its overall cume past the high-water mark. The Cameron Diaz comedy now joins Todd Phillips’ “The Hangover Part II” and Kristen Wiig’s vehicle “Bridesmaids” as the latest R-rated comedy to hit the spot (as noted by THR).

Yet the rating isn’t the be-all-and-end-all. For every “Bad Teacher,” there is a raunchy “Change-Up” which fails to connect with audiences ($34.8M worldwide since opening on Aug. 5).

Don’t feel too bad for Jason Bateman, though, His “Horrible Bosses,” also rated R, has earned $170.3M globally so far, meaning it could be the fourth film to pass $200M before the year is through.

As for “Bad Teacher,” I wonder if this means a sequel is possible. Diaz isn’t opposed to sequels, and the star power of she and Justin Timberlake together could power a second film. Though the film has only made $98M in the States, foreign audiences showed up in support would they do it again? We may find out.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • OST
    August 29, 2011 | Permalink |

    Wow, those are some big numbers, but Cameron’s movies sell and this one was great!

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