Overseas slice of 'Pi' flips Hollywood formula

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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:00 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In mathematical terms, divide the circumference of the world by its diameter, and you have pi. In Hollywood terms, add a United Nations mix of ingredients and you have the blockbuster "Life of Pi."

With 11 Academy Awards nominations - second only to "Lincoln" with 12 - and the sort of global box-office receipts normally reserved for superheroes, "Life of Pi" is one of the most unusual megahits ever to hit the big-screen. Approaching $600 million at the box office worldwide, the film is by far the top-grosser among the nine best-picture nominees - with $200 million more than "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained," its closest rivals.

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