'Dark Knight' tops overseas with $42 mil


Batman triumphed on the international circuit during the weekend as Warners' "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.

Warners also opened "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," the feature-length digital animation from Lucasfilm, on 3,200 screens in 22 markets for an estimated $7.6 million. The title finished No. 3 domestically.

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.

Placing No. 2 overseas 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).

The No. 3 title, "Mamma Mia!" cheerfully broke through the $200 million international gross mark (with $204.6 million) thanks to a $16.8 million weekend from 2,750 sites in 24 markets. 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.

No. 5 was the Adam Sandler comedy from Sony, "You Don't Mess With the Zohan," which took in $11.2 million.