'Simpsons' still overseas fave

Adds $47.3 mil to pass $300 mil mark globally

"The Simpsons Movie" dominated the international market for the second consecutive weekend, grossing an estimated $47.3 million from 6,600 screens in 75 markets and pushing its overseas boxoffice total to $187 million and $315.6 million worldwide.

The weekend's top five performers comprised the same titles as last weekend's, though "Transformers" supplanted "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" in the runner-up slot. The market will receive a jolt this week when Universal International rolls out its No. 1 domestic title, "The Bourne Ultimatum," in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand and the Middle East.

"Simpsons" opened in Mexico, Denmark, Poland and India, with Mexico providing the biggest number — an estimated $7 million from 850 screens — enough to secure a No. 1 ranking and a notch as the third-biggest animation title to open in the market. In Denmark, the opening gross was $1.4 million from 119 sites for a mighty $11,764 per-screen average.

The biggest holdover markets for Bart and company were the U.K. (No. 1 with an estimated $8.7 million from 516 spots for a cume of $49.5 million), Germany ($5.4 million from 985 sites, cume $24.9 million), Australia (No. 1 with $5.3 million from 445 screens, cume $18.9 million) and France (No. 2 with $3.8 million from 716 situations, cume $15.3 million).

No. 2 was DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures International's "Transformers," which drew an estimated $30 million from 6,118 screens in 53 territories. Its overseas total to date is just shy of the $300 million mark ($296 million). "Transformers" opened in five territories, including Japan, where it finished No. 1 with an estimated $5.3 million from 616 locations.

Finishing third was Warner Bros. International's "Phoenix," which grossed 49% less than last weekend but nonetheless crossed the $500 million mark internationally with an estimated $25.2 million from about 9,700 screens in 59 territories.

The overseas boxoffice total for "Phoenix" now stands at $509.7 million, nearly half of which comes from the U.K. (market cume of $84.4 million), Germany ($52.4 million), Japan ($43 million), France ($41.6 million) and Australia ($27.3 million).

In the No. 4 spot is Disney/ Pixar's "Ratatouille," which was propelled by No. 1 openings in nine markets to its biggest weekend tally yet, an estimated $24.5 million from 4,320 screens in 26 markets. Its overseas cume stands at $83.3 million.

No. 5 on the weekend was Fox's "Die Hard 4," released domestically as "Live Free or Die Hard," which punched its way to an estimated $7 million from about 4,000 screens in 39 markets, pushing its international total to $191 million. The Bruce Willis actioner opened No. 1 in Brazil for an estimated $2.2 million from 359 locations. "Die Hard 4" bows Thursday in Australia.

Other overseas cume updates: DreamWorks/PPI's "Shrek the Third" lifted its overseas total to $406.8 million with an estimated $3.5 million weekend at 3,404 screens in 54 markets; New Line's "Hairspray" continued nicely in the U.K., grabbing the No. 5 spot with an estimated $2 million from 356 screens; and Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" chugged to an estimate $1.1 million from 2,294 screens in 29 markets.
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