They still cry for 'Mamma'

Allen's 'Barcelona' is tops in its Spanish debut

Universal's "Mamma Mia!" continued its remarkably fruitful overseas run during the weekend, claiming the No. 1 spot for the third consecutive frame with an estimated $14 million from 4,359 screens in 48 markets.

The international tally for the feature adaptation of the stage musical now stands at $334 million. Combined with its domestic take, "Mamma's" global boxoffice total comes to $475 million.

An otherwise somnolent weekend overseas saw several titles play single markets or limited runs. The best of the lot was Woody Allen's comedy "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," which opened via Warner Bros. in Spain to an estimated $3.2 million from 333 sites for a per-screen average of $9,610.

Diane English's "The Women" finished at No. 3 in the U.K. with an estimated $1.1 million in its second weekend at 370 situations for a 10-day cume of $4 million.

Ranking No. 2 for the weekend was Universal's "Wanted," which grossed $11.6 million from 2,627 screens in 34 markets for an overseas cume of $172.1 million. A first-place Japan bow provided $7.7 million from 322 situations.

In third was DreamWorks/Paramount's "Tropic Thunder," which tallied $8.1 million from 1,649 spots in 26 markets. The Ben Stiller satire finished first in the U.K. ($4.3 million from 461 spots), Germany and Austria. Its overseas cume stands at $29.1 million.

The No. 4 finisher, Pixar/ Disney's "WALL-E," passed the $200 million mark overseas thanks to a $6.6 million weekend from 2,702 screens in 37 markets. No. 1 openings in New Zealand and Australia ($3.1 million from 260 locations Down Under) set the pace.

With a domestic gross of $220.1 million, "WALL-E" has taken in $420.2 million worldwide.

Sony's "Hancock" rounded out the top five with an overall weekend take of $6.1 million. The Will Smith vehicle has accumulated an overseas tally of $387 million. (partialdiff)
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