'Knowing' wins in low tide o'seas

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The year's first quarter on the international circuit ended with a whimper during the weekend as Summit Entertainment's "Knowing," a time capsule sci-fi thriller with Nicolas Cage, grabbed the No. 1 spot at the overseas boxoffice with a relatively modest $8.8 million from 1,711 locations in 10 markets for an early total of $14.7 million.

The biggest boosts to "Knowing" were first-place bows in the U.K. and Australia and an anticipated No. 2 placement in Mexico. Still, the weekend tally was the smallest by a No. 1 overseas finisher for the year to date.

A close No. 2 overall was Warner Bros. International's "Gran Torino," which captured $8.4 million from 2,800 screens in 45 markets. The overseas total for "Gran Torino" stands at $73.7 million.

"Paul Blart: Mall Cop" finished third overall, drawing $8 million on the weekend from 1,610 screens in 14 territories for an international cume of $14.3 million. Fox's "Marley & Me" wound up fourth with $7.9 million from 3,064 screens in 41 markets for a cume of $72.7 million.

At No. 5 was Universal's "Duplicity," which bagged $6.9 million from 1,809 locations in 19 markets for an early cume of $12.7 million.

Opening in six markets and finishing at No. 1 in the Philippines, Czech Republic and Israel, DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's 3-D outing "Monsters vs. Aliens" captured $4.6 million on the weekend from 830 sites in eight markets, hoisting its early overseas boxoffice total to $13 million.
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