Yet another big 'Knight' at o'seas b.o.


Batman easily dominated a torpid late-summer stanza on the international circuit as Warner Bros.' "The Dark Knight" grossed $34 million — nearly three times its closest competitor's take — from 7,700 screens in 62 markets during the weekend.

A No. 1 Germany opening provided $9.2 million from 955 sites (an average of $9,634 per screen, including previews), with the five-day market tally beating the total taken in Germany by 2005's "Batman Begins" by 10%, the distributor said.

There were strong No. 1 finishes as well in second weekends in France and Russia. The overall international cume for the Batman saga is $381.2 million; worldwide, the total is $870.4 million.

The weekend's top grosser domestically, DreamWorks/Paramount's "Tropic Thunder," opened at No. 1 in Australia, where the Ben Stiller satire comedy drew $2.6 million from 224 sites for a lusty $11,607 per-screen average. Its weekend tally was $4.8 million from 803 spots in eight markets.

"Tropic's" early cume stands at $8.7 million overseas and $74.4 million worldwide. (partialdiff)