'Mamma Mia!' still on top overseas

Film's international cume reaches $307 million

TORONTO -- Mamma Mia! That's some overseas business.

Universal's ABBA musical adaptation earned the No. 1 spot on the overseas circuit for the second frame running with an estimated $17.5 million take from 4,296 screens in 44 territories during the weekend.

"Mamma Mia!" opened on top in France, with an estimated $2.4 million from 462 screens; Belgium, with $1 million from 55 dates; and Mexico, with $850,000 at 294 dates.

The movie's international cume is $307 million.

Holdovers include Korea, with $3.4 million in its second stanza bringing its local total to $9.5 million, and Britain, where "Mamma Mia!" pulled in $1.9 million at 444 dates for a 66-day count of $116 million.

"Mamma Mia!" has another 15 markets to launch, including Italy on Oct. 3 and Japan on Jan. 30.

Placing No. 2 overall was Sony Pictures' "Hancock," which drew an estimated $10 million on 1,540 screens in 34 markets to bring its international total to $375.2 million. A No. 1 opening in Italy pulled in an estimated $7.4 million on 678 screens for the Will Smith starrer. Holdovers include Japan, with another $2.2 million on 456 screens to take its local cume to $20.9 million; France, with $175,000 on 81 screens for $30.7 million to date; and Germany, adding $75,000 from 141 screens to take its local tally to $39 million.

Finishing third in the latest frame was Universal's action thriller "Wanted" with an estimated $8.2 million from 1,802 theaters in 34 markets for a cume of $158.5 million. The Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy starrer launched at No. 1 in Spain with an estimated $3.4 million at 367 dates and in the Netherlands with $685,000 from 96 theaters.

In fourth place was Universal's "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," which grossed an estimated $7.5 million at 4,416 dates in 55 markets. The China-set adventure thriller took its international total to $268.5 million as it opened at No. 1 in Australia with an estimated $2.8 million from 241 screens and also in New Zealand with $315,000 at 60 dates.

In fifth place was Warner Bros.' "The Dark Knight," which was toppled last week from its No. 1 spot internationally by "Mamma Mia!" For the weekend, the Batman film pulled in an action-packed $6.7 million from about 4,250 screens in 58 markets to get its international tally to $448.9 million.

Key holdovers include Germany, where "Knight" remained in first place with $1.9 million from 940 screens to take its cume to $26 million. Batman also grossed an estimated $1.1 million in France on 708 dates to take its local cume to $25.4 million.

Elsewhere, Pixar/Disney's "WALL-E" secured an estimated $4.3 million from 3,085 screens in 39 territories to take its international total to $190.6 million. The animated feature pulled in $695,000 in France for a cume of $25 million and did another $580,000 in Sweden on 180 dates for a $1.6 million cume.

"WALL-E" opens this weekend in Australia, New Zealand and Greece.

Universal's "Death Race" pulled in an estimated $4 million from 600 dates in 11 markets for the weekend. Thanks in part to a No. 1 opening in Russia with $3.6 million from 381 plays, the film has an international cume of $8 million with 51 territories to go during the next three months.

In other weekend action, Miramax's "The Boy the in Striped Pyjamas" debuted in Britain to $900,000 on 168 screens. The Holocaust morality tale about the son of an SS concentration camp commandant (David Thewlis) who befriends a young Jewish boy held there, opened stronger than "The Kite Runner" and "The Pianist," Disney said.

The Miramax release will open Sept. 26 in Spain ahead of a Nov. 7 bow in North America.

Meanwhile, Disney's Spanish-language title "Un Novio Para Mi Mujer" pulled in another $525,000 in its fifth weekend in Argentina for a local tally of $4.2 million.

For DreamWorks/Paramount's "Kung Fu Panda," a $2.7 million contribution from Italy helped the comedy gross an estimated $4.1 million from 2,493 screens in 64 markets to take its overseas total to $404.1 million.

20th Century Fox's "Babylon A.D." earned an estimated $1.8 million from around 900 screens in 15 markets for an overseas total of $7.2 million.

Other international cumes: Sony's "You Don't Mess With the Zohan," $85 million; Disney's "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," $277.2 million; Warner Bros.' "Get Smart" (thanks to a $1.05 million opening in France), $93.6 million; Universal's "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," $56.9 million; Fox's "Mirrors," $8.2 million; and Paramount's "Tropic Thunder," $20.2 million.