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What is box office gold around the world?

Some of the films that have gone #1 internationally may surprise you.

Let's Be CopsLet's Be CopsDamon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson starred in "Let's Be Cops," a number one movie in Israel. (Photo: 20th Century Fox)

Why does it seem like most of the movies that have been released lately feature robots, fast cars, explosions, lots of CGI and very little dialogue? Because, the industry scuttlebutt goes, movies like those have the best chance of making money overseas.

But that's not necessarily true. In 2014, some interesting titles spent a week or more in the No. 1 box office slot in various countries, according to the site Box Office Mojo, and not one of them involved robots turning into planes, cars speeding around a major city or the unsmiling mug of Jason Statham.

Here's a list of unexpected No. 1's, with the country where they topped the box office in parentheses:


"Neighbors" (Croatia)

This is the movie where Seth Rogen plays the square, responsible adult and Zac Efron was the troublemaker of a neighbor. It did well in the U.S. and topped the box office here the week it came out last May. But it surprisingly led the way overseas, like in Croatia.


"Let's Be Cops" (Israel)

Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. of "New Girl" star as two actors who go to a costume party as cops and get caught up in some real life cops-and-criminals business when they start to think they can fight crime. It was number one in Israel for two consecutive weeks in October; it did well but never hit the top spot in the U.S.


"The Fault In Our Stars" (Brazil)

The feel-good movie of 2014, based on the hit John Green novel about a cancer-stricken girl (Shailene Woodley) and the boy who loves her (Ansel Elgort), topped the box office for a week in the U.S. but was king of the Brazilian box office for two consecutive weeks in June.


"Step Up All In" (Belgium)

Fans of the dance-oriented series would see this as the "all-star" installment, with characters from the other movies in the series competing for the ultimate glory. It didn't do very well here in the U.S., but Belgium loved it, making it the top movie for one week last July.


"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (Singapore)

The Ben Stiller-starring comedy epic where he plays the titular character going through amazing fantasy adventures topped the box office in Singapore during the first week of January in 2014.

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