The high-school comedy American Pie which recently passed the $100m mark at the international box office has now scored more overseas than at the domestic box office. The $11m Universal title has become one of the studio's most profitable films after taking $102.5m at the North American box office since its July release last year. However, Summit Entertainment, which bought rights for all non-English language speaking territories, has proved that the US-born "gross-out" style of comedy can work equally as well overseas.
The biggest success story has been at the German box office (see chart below) where the film is the second most successful film of the last 12 months (behind Star Wars: Episode One - The Phantom Menace) and has scooped $33.2m at the box office, beating the latest Bond film The World Is Not Enough.
Directed by Paul Weitz, the film based on four high-school seniors making a pact to lose their virginity before prom night, was most recently released by Independent Film in the Netherlands where it has grossed $1.5m after five weeks.
American Pie Top Five International Territories
Country/Distributor/Release date/Total gross to date
Germany (Constantin) Jan 6, 2000 $33.2m
UK (UIP) Oct 8, 1999 $22.1m
France (Pathe Dist) Dec 8, 1999 $13.7m
Australia (UIP) 16 Sept, 1999 $10.3m
Italy (Filmauro) 29 Oct 1999 $8.0m