Caveman era lasts at overseas boxoffice

'10,000 BC' narrowly holds off 'Horton'

As in the U.S., school holidays drove international markets during the weekend, with "10,000 BC" maintaining its No. 1 overseas spot for the third consecutive stanza, grossing an estimated $28.2 million from about 7,400 screens in 62 territories.

The Roland Emmerich prehistoric epic finished strongly in the U.K., Russia, Spain, Italy, Mexico and Korea. Warner Bros. International is expecting a No. 1 debut in China to provide an estimated $5.6 million from 537 digital and 463 conventional situations, which the distributor says is the widest market opening to date. The film's worldwide cume stands at $194.2 million with most of that ($118.1 million) coming from overseas.

Placing a close No. 2 was 20th Century Fox International's "Dr. Suess' Horton Hears A Who!" The Blue Sky Studios animation title drew an estimated $25.2 million from 6,600 screens in 49 territories, and at least 10 of those were new, including the U.K. (with $6.1 million including previews from 508 screens) and Australia ($2.5 million from about 350 sites). The overseas cume is $50 million, with $136.5 million worldwide.

Capitalizing on the holiday season, Paramount opened "The Spiderwick Chronicles" in 29 markets, nabbing an estimated $15.6 million on the weekend overall from 3,642 screens in 51 territories and grabbing the No. 3 spot. The film's overseas cume stands at $30.1 million. The biggest of the fresh markets was the U.K., where the family fantasy-drama drew an estimated $5.4 million (including previews) from 468 locations.

Tied for fourth position were Sony's "Vantage Point" and Universal's release of Summit Entertainment/Touchstone Pictures' "Step Up 2 the Streets," each grossing an estimated $8 million. "Vantage Point," a drama about an attempted presidential assassination, played on 2,825 screens in 38 territories and hoisted its cume to $52.2 million. "Step Up" played 594 sites across the U.K., France, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand, with the U.K. providing $4.9 million from 342 spots for a 20% market share, according to Universal.

Thanks to a strong Korea opening ($1.2 million from 110 screens), Universal's "The Other Boleyn Girl" took the No. 5 spot with an estimated $4.2 million from 1,153 screens in 14 markets handled by the distributor, for a cume of $19.7 million.

Opening internationally day-and-date with its No. 4 domestic bow, Paramount's "Drillbit Taylor" came up with an estimated $1.8 million from 538 spots in Australia, Mexico and New Zealand. The high school bodyguard comedy starring Owen Wilson scored an early worldwide cume of $12 million.

Other newcomers included Fox's "Shutter," which opened at No. 3 domestically. The fantasy-horror title premiered in five markets at 181 screens for an estimated $557,000.

"Dan in Real Life," a romantic comedy with Steve Carell, opened at No. 4 in Spain for an estimated $1.2 million from 181 screens, according to Universal. In Mexico, Fox premiered director Patricia Riggen's border-crossing drama "Under the Same Moon" for an estimated $1.7 million from 350 screens, sufficient to qualify as the market's No. 3 title.

Best picture Oscar winner "No Country for Old Men" lifted its overseas gross to $74 million thanks to an estimated $3.3 million weekend from 1,358 screens in 52 markets. Disney's "Enchanted" was a solid No. 1 in Japan with an estimated $3 million from 323 screens -- for a solid $9,288 per-screen average -- hoisting its Japan cume to $12.3 million in just 10 days. "Enchanted's" overseas total stands at $195.5 million (versus $127.7 million domestic).

"Bienvenue chez les ch'tis," the French comedy from director Danny Boon about a postal worker relocated to an idiosyncratic northern village, continued at No. 1 in its home market, eyeing an estimated $16.6 million in its fourth record-setting frame, down a benign 35% from the previous stanza.

Taking the second spot in France is "Vantage," which opened to an estimated $1.8 million from 350 situations. No. 3 was UGC's release of "Il y a longtemps que je t'aime," writer-director Philippe Claudel's domestic drama with Kristin Scott Thomas, which premiered to an estimated $1.7 million.

Sony's "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep" grossed an estimated $2.1 million from 1,750 screens in 35 territories, raising its international cume to $53.7 million. Disney's "The Game Plan," with much of continental Europe still to go, has grossed $32.4 million so far internationally; the weekend tally for the football comedy with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was an estimated $1.7 million from 483 screens in six markets.

Disney also is handling Miramax's "There Will Be Blood," which hoisted its international tally to date to $29.8 million thanks to an estimated $1.6 million weekend from 641 screens in 42 markets.

"Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert" grossed an estimated $1 million from 110 screens in seven markets for a muscular $9,091 per-screen average. In Australia, the concert film -- playing 3-D situations only -- opened to $496,000 from just 19 locations for a per-screen average of $26,105.

Other international cume updates: Fox's "Juno" (which drew $2.3 million in its Germany opener at 350 spots), $52.7 million; Universal's "Charlie Wilson's War," $45 million; New Line's "The Golden Compass," $276.6 million (versus $70.1 million domestic) as of Thursday; Fox's "Jumper," $110.7 million; Universal's "In Bruges," $2.7 million (over 17 days in Ireland only); Fox's "Meet the Spartans," $25.2 million (thanks to a $3.4 million weekend from 1,200 screens in 14 markets); New Line's "Semi-Pro," $4.2 million; Fox's "27 Dresses," $49.4 million; Universal's "Untraceable," $4.4 million (Universal territories only); Fox's "The Darjeeling Limited," $15.2 million; Universal's "Atonement," $75.4 million; and Fox's "Alvin and the Chipmunks," $138 million.