Caveman era lasts at o'seas b.o.

'10,000 BC' narrowly holds off 'Horton' for top spot

As in the U.S., school holidays drove international markets during the weekend, with "10,000 BC" maintaining its No. 1 overseas spot for the third consecutive stanza, grossing an estimated $28.2 million from about 7,400 screens in 62 territories.

The Roland Emmerich prehistoric epic finished strongly in the U.K., Russia, Spain, Italy, Mexico and Korea. Warner Bros. International is expecting a No. 1 debut in China to provide an estimated $5.6 million from 537 digital and 463 conventional situations, which the distributor says is the widest market opening to date. The film's worldwide cume stands at $194.2 million with most of that ($118.1 million) coming from overseas.

Placing a close No. 2 was 20th Century Fox International's "Dr. Suess' Horton Hears A Who!" The Blue Sky Studios animation title drew an estimated $25.2 million from 6,600 screens in 49 territories, and at least 10 of those were new, including the U.K. (with $6.1 million including previews from 508 screens) and Australia ($2.5 million from about 350 sites). The overseas cume is $50 million, with $136.5 million worldwide.

Capitalizing on the holiday season, Paramount opened "The Spiderwick Chronicles" in 29 markets, nabbing an estimated $15.6 million on the weekend overall from 3,642 screens in 51 territories and grabbing the No. 3 spot. The film's overseas cume stands at $30.1 million. The biggest of the fresh markets was the U.K., where the family fantasy-drama drew an estimated $5.4 million (including previews) from 468 locations.

Tied for fourth position were Sony's "Vantage Point" and Universal's release of Summit Entertainment/Touchstone Pictures' "Step Up 2 the Streets," each grossing an estimated $8 million. "Vantage Point," a drama about an attempted presidential assassination, played on 2,825 screens in 38 territories and hoisted its cume to $52.2 million. "Step Up" played 594 sites across the U.K., France, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand, with the U.K. providing $4.9 million from 342 spots for a 20% market share, according to Universal.

Thanks to a strong Korea opening ($1.2 million from 110 screens), Universal's "The Other Boleyn Girl" took the No. 5 spot with an estimated $4.2 million from 1,153 screens in 14 markets handled by the distributor, for a cume of $19.7 million.

Opening internationally day-and-date with its No. 4 domestic bow, Paramount's "Drillbit Taylor" came up with an estimated $1.8 million from 538 spots in Australia, Mexico and New Zealand. The high school bodyguard comedy starring Owen Wilson scored an early worldwide cume of $12 million.

Other newcomers included Fox's "Shutter," which opened at No. 3 domestically. The fantasy-horror title premiered in five markets at 181 screens for an estimated $557,000.

"Dan in Real Life," a romantic comedy with Steve Carell, opened at No. 4 in Spain for an estimated $1.2 million from 181 screens, according to Universal. In Mexico, Fox premiered director Patricia Riggen's border-crossing drama "Under the Same Moon" for an estimated $1.7 million from 350 screens, sufficient to qualify as the market's No. 3 title.

Best picture Oscar winner "No Country for Old Men" lifted its overseas gross to $74 million thanks to an estimated $3.3 million weekend from 1,358 screens in 52 markets. Disney's "Enchanted" was a solid No. 1 in Japan with an estimated $3 million from 323 screens — for a solid $9,288 per-screen average — hoisting its Japan cume to $12.3 million in just 10 days. "Enchanted's" overseas total stands at $195.5 million (versus $127.7 million domestic).

"Bienvenue chez les ch'tis," the French comedy from director Danny Boon about a postal worker relocated to an idiosyncratic northern village, continued at No. 1 in its home market, eyeing an estimated $16.6 million in its fourth record-setting frame, down a benign 35% from the previous stanza.

Taking the second spot in France is "Vantage," which opened to an estimated $1.8 million from 350 situations. No. 3 was UGC's release of "Il y a longtemps que je t'aime," writer-director Philippe Claudel's domestic drama with Kristin Scott Thomas, which premiered to an estimated $1.7 million.

Sony's "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep" grossed an estimated $2.1 million from 1,750 screens in 35 territories, raising its international cume to $53.7 million. Disney's "The Game Plan," with much of continental Europe still to go, has grossed $32.4 million so far internationally; the weekend tally for the football comedy with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was an estimated $1.7 million from 483 screens in six markets.

Disney also is handling Miramax's "There Will Be Blood," which hoisted its international tally to date to $29.8 million thanks to an estimated $1.6 million weekend from 641 screens in 42 markets.

"Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert" grossed an estimated $1 million from 110 screens in seven markets for a muscular $9,091 per-screen average. In Australia, the concert film — playing 3-D situations only — opened to $496,000 from just 19 locations for a per-screen average of $26,105.

Other international cume updates: Fox's "Juno" (which drew $2.3 million in its Germany opener at 350 spots), $52.7 million; Universal's "Charlie Wilson's War," $45 million; New Line's "The Golden Compass," $276.6 million (versus $70.1 million domestic) as of Thursday; Fox's "Jumper," $110.7 million; Universal's "In Bruges," $2.7 million (over 17 days in Ireland only); Fox's "Meet the Spartans," $25.2 million (thanks to a $3.4 million weekend from 1,200 screens in 14 markets); New Line's "Semi-Pro," $4.2 million; Fox's "27 Dresses," $49.4 million; Universal's "Untraceable," $4.4 million (Universal territories only); Fox's "The Darjeeling Limited," $15.2 million; Universal's "Atonement," $75.4 million; and Fox's "Alvin and the Chipmunks," $138 million.
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