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Fueled by strong openings in Germany, Italy and Taiwan, 20th Century Fox International's "The Devil Wears Prada" finished its second consecutive weekend as the No. 1 film internationally, grossing an estimated $22.7 million from 4,250 screens in 42 markets.

The behind-the-scenes look at life at a high fashion magazine also turned in highly stylish numbers in such key holdover territories as the U.K., France and Australia, lifting its international gross total to $75.5 million to date.

"Prada," co-starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, opened No. 2 in Germany (an estimated $4.4 million from 575 screens), and No. 1 in Italy ($3.7 million from 437 sites) and in Taiwan ($1.2 million from just 98 spots, for a per screen average of $12,245). It also is neck-and-neck for a No. 1 spot in Holland (an estimated $842,000 from 80 screens for a $10,525 per-screen average) and finished No. 1 in Chile ($56,000 from 26 sites).

The U.K. led the holdover markets with "Prada" high-stepping to an estimated $3.7 million from 446 screens (a drop of only 11% from last weekend), for a market cume of $12.8 million. In its third weekend in France, "Prada" pulled $1.9 million from 507 sites, for a market total of $10.1 million. In Australia, the No. 2 weekend tally was $1.2 million from 304 screens, for a market cume of $9.2 million.

No. 2 this weekend was Paramount/UIP's "World Trade Center," which drew an estimated $10.3 million from 3,645 screens in 44 markets, taking its overseas total to $57.3 million.

The Oliver Stone Sept. 11 drama opened in East Africa and seven other markets, notably in Italy, where it finished No. 2 with an estimated $1.9 million from 311 screens. In South Korea, "WTC" bowed No. 3 with $1.1 million from 140 sites. Japan topped the holdover territories providing an estimated $1.9 million in its second weekend at 319 locations, a drop of 42%. Japan market cume stands at $8.5 million.

No. 3 this weekend is Warner Bros. International's "The Departed," which made off with an estimated $7.3 million from about 1,200 screens in 11 territories. The Martin Scorsese crime drama bowed No. 1 in Australia with an estimated $1.8 million from 276 sites, and is in the running for No. 1 in the U.K. with $3.6 million from 364 screens, a modest 13% drop from its opening weekend in the market. Overseas cume to date is $16.8 million; global cume, $73.4 million.

In fourth position is "Open Season," Sony's animation offering, which garnered a weekend estimate of $7 million from 2,115 screens in 22 markets, lifting its international boxoffice total to $13.6 million. (Worldwide cume: $72.8 million). U.K. opening weekend was an estimated $3.2 million -- including some $875,000 from last weekend's previews at 200 screens -- at 489 screens, while a decisive No. 1 Mexico bow furnished $2.4 million (also including previews) from 614 screens.

No. 5 is Sony's "Click," which had no new openings but nonetheless grossed an estimated $5.8 million from 2,820 screens in 53 territories, lifting its overseas total to $82 million. In its third weekend in the all-important U.K. market, the Adam Sandler comedy finished in the No. 4 position with an estimated $1.8 million (down just 26% from the prior weekend) from 408 screens, for a market cume of $9.9 million.

Summit Entertainment/Constantin Films's German-made English-language "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer," slew an estimated $4.4 million on the weekend at 2,083 screens, lifting its international total gross to $68.8 million. Warner Bros.' Spain acquisition of Guillermo de Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" bowed in Spain for a robust estimate of $3.1 million from 300 situations.

Disney/Touchstone's "The Guardian," an actioner with Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher, rescued an estimated $2.6 million on the weekend from 700 screens in 10 territories. It ranked No. 2 in Spain with an estimated $1.9 million from 400 screens while in the Philippines it finished in the top spot with $220,000 from 40 screens, for a per-screen average of $5,500. Overseas total thus far: $3.4 million. Openings in the U.K., Germany and Mexico are due next weekend.

Walt Disney/Pixar's "The Cars" and Universal's "You, Me and Dupree" each grossed an estimated $1.9 million on the weekend.

"Cars" played 2,300 screens in 31 territories, and hoisted its overseas total to $210.7 million ($464 million globally). "Dupree" was powered by a Spain opening (an estimated $1 million from 210 screens there) and played 900 screens overall in 30 markets. Its international total stands at $45.2 million with 13 more territories to go.

"Little Miss Sunshine," the indie title Fox Searchlight acquired at Sundance in January for a reported $10.5 million, is performing relatively well internationally, garnering an estimated $1.8 million this weekend at 615 screens. It bowed No. 3 in Australia with $882,000 from 103 screens. Its overseas total stands at $12.6 million.

Fox's "The History Boys," an adaptation of an Alan Bennett stage drama, had an exceptional strong solo market opening in the U.K., where is registered an estimated $1.5 million during the weekend from 293 screens (for a per-screen average of $5,119).

Despite bowing in seven territories, Paramount Classics/UIP's "An Inconvenient Truth," the docu about Al Gore's campaign against global warming, managed a cool reception with an estimated $1.4 million from 416 screens in 19 territories. Overseas cume stands at $5.8 million. Paramount/NickelodeonFilms' "Barnyard," an animation title distributed by UIP, grossed an estimated $1.2 million from 837 screens in 13 markets, for an overseas cume of $6 million.

Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," rounding out four months of overseas release, grossed an estimated $1.3 million from 1,584 screens in 28 territories. Its international cume now stands at $637.3 million and its worldwide total is $1,058 billion. Universal/UIP's "Miami Vice" with only two more territories left to play, pulled a weekend estimate of $1.2 million from 800 sites in 30 markets, raising its overseas total to $93.5 million.

Other cume updates all from U/UIP: "Children of Men," $8.4 million (thanks to a $460,000 weekend in the U.K. at 200 screens); "Step Up," $13.6 million (including dates handled by Summit Ent.); "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," $94.7 million; "The Break-up," $83.8 million; "United 93," $42.8 million.
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