'Mamma' wards off o'seas newcomers


Universal's "Mamma Mia!" again reigned over an increasingly scattered international circuit with an estimated $14.1 million from 4,406 screens in 47 markets, hiking its cumulative overseas take to $377.2 million.

The weekend saw a rush of single-market or limited runs launched on behalf of nearly 10 fresh titles. The most popular new Hollywood studio contribution was Disney's "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," which premiered No. 1 at the domestic boxoffice.

The talking-dog comedy earned an estimated $4.8 million from 810 screens. That was enough to qualify for the No. 5 spot internationally.

Taking the top spot internationally for a fifth straight frame, "Mamma Mia!" benefited from a first-place opening in Italy, where it lured $2.8 million from 302 sites for a per-screen average of $9,272.

Pixar/Disney's "WALL-E" claimed the weekend's second spot internationally with $10.9 million from 3,583 screens in 35 territories, hiking its overseas cume to $230.3 million. (partialdiff)