Red-hot 'Mamma' rules overseas b.o.

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Universal's "Mamma Mia!" grabbed the No. 1 spot on the overseas circuit for the first time, grossing an estimated $15 million during the weekend from 3,493 screens in 39 markets to best Warner Bros.' "The Dark Knight" by about $3.2 million.

With an international gross of $280.1 million, "Mamma Mia!" has eclipsed Disney's "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" — which has accumulated $275.1 million overseas and $416.1 million worldwide — to become 2008's fifth-biggest boxoffice hit overseas. It has 16 markets to play and opens this weekend in France, Belgium, Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong and India.

Warners' latest Batman installment, which had been No. 1 for three consecutive frames and four overall, compiled an estimated $11.8 million on the weekend from more than 5,100 screens in 62 markets. "Dark Knight's" take is $437.2 million internationally and $949.4 million worldwide.

The weekend's No. 2 domestic title, DreamWorks/Paramount's "Tropic Thunder," grossed an estimated $2.6 million from 832 screens in 16 markets, good for an overseas cume of $18 million and a worldwide total of $114.8 million. Playing in four markets, Sony's "Step Brothers," a comedy starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, finished at No. 4 in the U.K. and tallied $2.4 million overall from 550 screens in four markets for an early overseas cume of $7.6 million.
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