'Dark Knight' on top overseas

Batman sequel's foreign gross reaches $328.6 million

Batman triumphed on the international circuit during the weekend as Warner's "The Dark Knight" reclaimed the No. 1 slot with an estimated $42.4 million from 7,700 screens in 60 markets, pushing its foreign gross to $328.6 million.

Warner's also opened "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," the feature-length digital animation from the Lucasfilm factory, on 3,200 screens in 22 markets for an estimated $7.6 million. The title finished No. 3 domestically, and its weekend global take stands at $23.1 million.

The weekend's No. 1 domestic title, DreamWorks/Paramount's "Tropic Thunder," the comedy-satire from actor-director Ben Stiller, opened overseas in two markets, laughing all the way to $2.5 million from a combined 437 screens in Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

20th Century Fox International premiered the fourth-ranked domestic title, director Alexandre Aja's "Mirrors" with Kiefer Sutherland, at 127 screens in 11 territories for an estimated $553,000. Sony's "Pineapple Express," the comedy which finished fifth domestically, took in $780,000 in its second weekend at 195 screens in Australia, for an overseas cume of $2.3 million (versus $69.2 million domestically).

Thanks in large part to robust first place openings in France ($9.6 million from 818 sites for a per-screen average of $11,736), Spain ($7.1 million from 570 spots for a per-screen average of $12,456) and Russia ($3.9 million from 611 situations), "Dark Knight" returned to the top spot for the first time since late July. So far, the Caped Crusader's global cume stands a tad over $800 million ($800.1 million).

Placing No. 2 was Universal's "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," which had been the top international draw for the prior two weekends. The third "Mummy" adventure drew an estimated $32.6 million from 6,853 screens in 56 territories, hiking its overseas gross total to just shy of the $200-million mark ($196.6 million). A Japan opening produced $7.5 million (including $2.4 million from previews) and, as per Universal, a No. 2 market ranking.

The No. 3 title, "Mamma Mia!," cheerfully broke through the $200-million international gross mark (the cume is $204.6 million) thanks to a $16.8 million weekend from 2,750 sites in 24 markets. The feature version of the stage musical is the first Universal title this year to exceed $200-million overseas, and is currently 2008's ninth biggest boxoffice hit internationally.

In the U.K., the largest foreign market for Hollywood studio films, "Mamma Mia!" remains gangbusters. Universal says it is in the No. 1 spot in its sixth weekend, grossing an estimated $4.1 million from 536 screens for a market cume of $89.2 million, making the musical the biggest title to play the U.K. in 2008.

Pixar/Disney"s "WALL-E" wound up fourth on the weekend with an estimated $13.8 million from 3,824 locations in 29 markets, pushing its overseas cume to $146.2 million. The animated title had six No. 1 openings with a Thailand bow registering $800,000 from 105 sites.

No. 5 was the Adam Sandler comedy from Sony, "You Don't Mess With the Zohan," which opened overseas on June 8 and had until this weekend little b.o. traction. Thanks to solid openings in the U.K. (where it ranked No. 3), Germany, Austria, Brazil and Turkey, its weekend tally jumped to $11.2 million from 1,475 screens in 24 territories for an international cume of $40.8 million.

DreamWorks/Paramount"s "Kung Fu Panda" raised its overseas cume to an animated $363.5 million thanks to a $6.3 million weekend from 4,062 screens in 61 markets. Disney's "The Chronicles of Narina: Prince Caspian" grossed $5.7 million from 2,907 screens in 29 territories for a cume of $261.9 million.

Universal's "Wanted" opened in five markets, and grabbed $4.5 million overall from 1,734 sites in 39 markets for a cume of $126.5 million. Sony's "Hancock" with Will Smith" tacked on another $3.8 million from 2,730 screens in 59 territories for a cume of $339.4 million.

Fox's "The X-Files: I Want To Believe" has grossed $36.5 million overseas to date thanks to a $3.4 million weekend from 4,400 sites in 52 territories. Same distributor's "Taken" pulled $2.9 million from 745 screens in three Fox territories for a cume of $4.8 million.

Universal's horror title "The Strangers" with Liv Tyler opened No. 7 in Australia for $610,000 from 122 screens. The distrib had better luck with Working Title Film's teenage title, "Wild Child," which premiered at 405 screens in the U.K. and Holland for an estimated $2.5 million.

In France, director-coscripter Safy Nebbou's drama, "L'Empreinte de l' Ange" (Mark of the Angel), with Sandrine Bonnaire and Catherine Frot, opened No. 4 in Paris and suburbs, while Le Pacte's release of "Gomorrah," Matteo Garrone's crime drama -- based on Roberto Saviano's hardhitting book about Neapolitan crime families -- premiered in the No. 5 spot in Paris and environs. Full market estimate for the former is $1.7 million while "Gomorrah" looks to have grossed $1.5 million.

Other international cumes: Fox's "What Happens In Vegas," $132.9 million; Paramount's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," $465 million; Warner's "Get Smart," $76.7 million; Fox's "The Happening," $96.7 million; Universal's "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army," $25.2 million; Fox's "Shutter," $19.6 million; and Fox's "Meet Dave," $22.7 million.