Despite the fact that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo made over $230 million worldwide, that still apparently wasn't enough to make it profitable for everyone involved in its production. (The fact that it came out just a couple of years after the Swedish adaptation, which was a massive success overseas, probably contributed to that.) MGM CEO Gary Barber today related the fact that the film was a "modest loss" for his company, which co-financed the film with Sony Pictures. According to Deadline, Barber said that they were hoping the film would've done about 10% more business than it did; that could mean anywhere from another $25 to $100 million worldwide, depending on whether he means pure box office or money returned directly to MGM.
So, where does that leave potential adaptations of the next two films in the trilogy? Knowing this business, both Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig have options for the other two adaptations, and even if David Fincher doesn't wish to return to direct (his only sequel thus far was the disastrous-for-him Alien3), it'd be hard not to imagine him as a pretty hands-on producer. MGM, for their part, is saying that they'd have to re-negotiate their deal with Sony to have Sony accept more of the risk on any future Stieg Larsson adaptations. Luckily, they say that 21 Jump Street should be profitable for them, so maybe they can just mash up the franchises and have Lisbeth Salander team up with Jonah Hill as they work to crack a gang of car thieves, or something.