Foreigners Lap Up US Comedies

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2009 2:06 PM CDT

(Newser) – Foreign audiences are totally into Marley and Me, the Owen Wilson/Jennifer Aniston vehicle, which topped the international box office last weekend with $14.2 million, Variety reports. Marley’s success—it’s beating Watchmen, among others—runs counter to traditional wisdom about foreign taste for US yuks leaning more to boorish guy movies. Strong showings for Confessions of a Shopaholic and Bride Wars seem to confirm the trend.

“They are believable as a couple,” one international distribution exec said of Aniston and Wilson. “Throw in the dog, and it makes it a movie that people want to see.”