Indy beats Carrie o'seas

'Skull' keeps top spot with $71.5 mil frame

"Sex and the City" logged a sizzling overseas opening in 13 territories — scoring an estimated $39.2 million from 3,537 screens — but it was "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" that emerged a dominant No. 1 during the weekend on the international circuit.

Over its substantially larger playoff base of 8,439 sites in 60 territories, "Skull" came up with $71.5 million in its second round, a drop of 51% from its opening surge of $147 million. The latest in the Indiana Jones series fell far short of the record second-weekend boxoffice tally of $103.2 million recorded last year by Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End."

Nonetheless, Paramount's "Skull" rolled up big numbers in key European markets, finishing No. 1 in the U.K., France, Spain and Italy while holding first-place spots in Korea and Mexico. The top territory remains the U.K., which furnished $10.6 million from 531 locations for an 11-day cume of $54 million. A No. 1 India bow provided $1 million from 275 locations, 36% more than Paramount's "Iron Man" grabbed in the territory.

"Skull's" overseas gross stands at $266 million. Worldwide, the cume is $482.9 million.

New Line's "Sex" played key European territories plus Turkey, Israel, Singapore, South Africa, Puerto Rico and Iceland. Its early worldwide tally including its No. 1 domestic gross is $94.9 million.

New Line said it finished No. 1 in "all major territories," scoring a $11,100 per-screen average. The biggest producers were the U.K. (an impressive $18.3 million from 980 situations for a $18,674 per-screen average), Germany ($7.8 million from 974 sites), France ($6 million from 551 locations) and Italy ($3.1 million from 535 sites). (partialdiff)