Indy beats Carrie overseas

'Crystal Skull' keeps top spot with $71.5 million

"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 over the weekend on the international circuit.

Over its substantially larger playoff base of 8,439 sites in 60 territories, "Crystal 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 "Crystal 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.

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

New Line's "Sex and the City" played key European territories plus Turkey, Israel, Singapore, South African, Puerto Rico and Iceland. Early worldwide tally including its No. 1 domestic gross stands at $94.9 million.

Without being more specific, New Line said it finished No. 1 in "all major territories," scoring a robust $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, second to "Crystal Skull") and Italy ($3.1 million from 535 sites).

Buoyed by No. 1 openings in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Poland, Singapore and Thailand, "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" finished No. 3 on the weekend with an estimated $16.8 million from 4,500 screens in 19 territories. The family fantasy's international total stands at $73 million. Worldwide, it has grossed $188.7 million.

The Disney/Walden Media sequel also maintained its top spot in Japan, where it tallied $4.4 million in its second weekend at 750 screens, down just 15% from its solid opening in the market. Its Japan cume is $15.2 million. "Caspian" opens in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Israel, the Philippines and Taiwan this week. So far, it is matching the boxoffice pace of 2005's "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," which grossed $451 million internationally.

Fourth was Fox's romantic comedy "What Happens in Vegas," which maintained its lively international pace with an estimated $12.1 million from 3,900 screens in 61 territories for a cume to $95.4 million.

No. 5 was Marvel Comics' production of "Iron Man," also from Paramount in most territories, which nabbed an estimated $8 million from about 5,000 screens 62 markets and lifted its overseas cume to $243 million. Worldwide, "Iron Man" has grossed $519.6 million.

Sony's romantic comedy "Made of Honor" recorded an estimated $3.9 million from 1,895 screens in 27 markets for a cume of $30.6 million. Warners' "Speed Race" was flat at about $3 million from about 2,500 locations in 39 markets, for a cume of $34.2 million. Sony's gambling-themed "21" also grabbed $3 million from 1,250 sites in 46 markets for a cume of $53.1 million.

Fox's "27 Dresses" continues to chug along, nabbing an estimated $1.3 million from 350 screens in just four markets, hiking its overseas cume to $80.4 million.

In France, "A Christmas Tale," starring Catherine Deneuve as cancer-stricken matriarch putting her family through the hoops during a holiday get-together, finished No. 3 in the market with an estimated $700,000 from 102 sites for a cume of $2.2 million. The long-running smash "Bienvenue chez les ch'tis" finished No. 10 in the market with $200,000 in its 14th frame at 460 situations for a market cume of $183 million.

Assorted international cumes: "The Bucket List," $77.3 million; Universal's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," $24.3 million; Fox's "Shine a Light," $1.6 million; Universal's "Nim's Island," $30 million; New Line's "The Golden Compass," $294 million; Universal's "Definitely Maybe," $20.8 million; Summit/Universal's "Step Up 2 the Streets," $85 million; Focus/Universal's "The Other Boleyn Girl," $38 million; and Universal's "In Bruges," $9.3 million from England and Ireland.