In honor of the North American release of “Melancholia” this weekend, Indiewire is taking a look at Lars von Trier’s top grossing films Stateside. Mr. von Trier is known for many things, but box office success in North America is probably not one of them.
That said, the director has managed a few very respectable grosses over the years, most notably from 2000’s “Dancer in the Dark” and 1996’s “Breaking The Waves,” both of which performed exceptionally well considering their extraordinarily unmarketable subject matter.
Interest surrounding “Melancholia” has been quite high since it debuted in Cannes earlier this year, and it actually has two marketable attributes in its cast (most notably Kirsten Dunst) and its subject matter (the apocalypse is so in right now), so it will be interesting to see how the film holds up against von Trier’s 30+ year filmography.
Check back with Indiewire on Sunday afternoon to see how it starts off, but until then check out von Trier’s 5 best results in North America.