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Universal International's "The Bourne Ultimatum" finished No. 1 on the international circuit over the weekend, grossing an estimated $14.4 million from 2,100 screens in 25 territories. The film's overseas total stands at $55 million, and its worldwide tally is $240.1 million.

It is actually the second consecutive weekend in which the action sequel starring Matt Damon has topped the overseas charts. Revised final figures released Sunday by Universal International show that "Bourne" belatedly emerged as the No. 1 title for the weekend ending Aug. 19, outgrossing the previously declared winner, "The Simpsons Movie," $22.6 million to $22.3 million.

For the weekend ending Aug. 12, "Simpsons" and Warner Bros. International's "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" tied for No. 1 with $24.1 million each when all numbers were counted by WBI.

Tied for second place during this past weekend -- with estimated tallies of $11.6 million each -- were Disney/Pixar's "Ratatouille" and 20th Century Fox International's "Simpsons," which played 6,500 screens in 52 markets and lifted its international total to $290 million.

Finishing No. 3 was "Phoenix," which grossed an estimated $10.5 million from about 5,400 screens in 58 markets.

The overseas gross total "Phoenix" has accumulated over seven weekends stands at $613.3 million, putting the latest "Potter" ahead of the two previous titles in the series: 2005's "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" ($606 million) and 2004's "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" ($546 million). WBI said the latest "Potter" is "nearly on par" with 2002's "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" ($617 million).

No. 4 on the weekend was Universal International's "Knocked Up," grossing an estimated $7 million from 1,628 screens in 19 markets and lifting its international total to $25.6 million. The Judd Apatow comedy bowed at No. 1 in Germany, with $2.2 million from 586 screens, and in Austria.

DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures International's "Transformers" grossed an estimated $6.4 million on the weekend from 3,811 locations in 63 markets, enough to nab the No. 5 spot. The actioner's international cume is a mighty $367.5 million.

"Bourne" is especially strong in the U.K., where it remained a healthy No. 1 in the market, tallying an estimated $5.9 million from 454 situations for a 10-day cume of $27.6 million. "Bourne" opened at No. 1 in Russia, with an estimated $2.8 million from 392 locations; in New Zealand, with $630,000 at 53 screens for a 47% market share; and in Brazil, with $1.2 million at 180 sites.

Overall, Universal International had a muscular weekend in the U.K., taking 54% of total weekend boxoffice with "Bourne," "Knocked Up" (No. 2 in the territory) and "Evan Almighty" (No. 10). "Bourne" and "Knocked Up" will be screened next weekend at the Deauville Film Festival in France.

"Ratatouille" was down just 34% overall in holdover markets, playing 3,055 screens in 29 territories. The CG-animated comedy's international cume stands at $172 million. Worldwide, the total is $370 million.

The Disney/Pixar animation title remains absolutely gangbusters in France, eliciting an estimated $5.9 million on the weekend from 723 screens to place No. 1 in the market for the fourth consecutive weekend. The French cume stands at $45 million, putting "Ratatouille" on track to beat "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (which grossed $47.3 million in France) as the biggest movie to play the territory this year.

"Evan Almighty," the comedy with Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman, grossed an estimated $6 million from 3,200 screens in 35 markets, sparked by No. 1 openings in Spain ($1.8 million from 331 spots), Hong Kong and South Africa. Its international cume stands at $41.5 million.

New Line's "Rush Hour 3," starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, bowed at No. 5 in Japan with an estimated weekend tally of $1.3 million. Through Thursday, the police cop caper had accumulated $29.3 million overseas, indicating a long way to go to reach the international gross marks set by "Rush Hour" and "Rush Hour 2," each of which took in $103 million.

"Surf's Up" from Sony Pictures Animation logged an estimated $3.3 million from 1,930 screens in 35 territories. PPI's suspense title "Disturbia" opened in seven territories, grossing at estimated $2.8 million on the weekend from 809 spots in 34 markets.

WBI's "No Reservations" yielded an estimated $2.2 million from 751 screens in 15 markets for an international cume of $7.6 million. The cooking-themed romantic comedy with Catherine Zeta-Jones opened No. 1 in Australia, grossing $1.3 million from 235 screens.

Other overseas cume updates: Fox's "Die Hard 4," $220.4 million (thanks to a $3 million weekend at 2,000 screens in 25 territories); DreamWorks/PPI's "Shrek the Third," $417.5 million; WBI's "Ocean's Thirteen, $185 million (including a $2 million weekend from 850 screens in 39 markets); Fox's "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," $139 million (with a $2.7 million weekend at 1,500 screens in 13 markets); Universal International's "Mr. Bean's Holiday," $189.4 million (worldwide, $199.5 million); PPI's "Stardust," $12.5 million; and Universal International's "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry," $7.5 million.
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