Steven Spielberg‘s The Adventures of Tintin has made $76 Million in America, which – for a production that cost at least a hundred million – would not seem to be enough to generate a sequel. But that’s not the whole story, as globally the film has made nearly $400 Million. And so it appears that a sequel will move forward with Peter Jackson taking over the directorial reigns, according to Spielberg himself (via Total Film).

Spielberg mostly offers non-answers and won’t say what book they’re planning on using for the next film, he only says that Jackson will jump on board shortly after finishing shooting The Hobbit. In another world that would be a way to suggest the film will never happen, but the industry has changed so much I don’t think Spielberg’s lying.

What Tintin foretells is a world in which domestic box office is no longer the arbiter of success for blockbusters. The industry has been shifting this way for a while, but if you go back to 2009, Star Trek made $257 Million domestically and $385 Worldwide, while 2007′s The Golden Compass made $70 Million domestically, and $372 worldwide. One spawned a sequel, and the other supposedly destroyed a studio. Tintin‘s numbers are comparable to Golden Compass‘s, the difference seems to be that no one thought Tintin was going to be huge domestically. Tintin 2 still has a chance to have its plug pulled, but more likely it’s a harbinger of a new line of franchise films in which domestic numbers are irrelevant to sequel potential.

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