'Mummy' stays on top overseas

'Dark Knight' finishes a distant second in the frame

Universal's "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" triumphed at the international boxoffice over the weekend, seizing the No. 1 spot for the second consecutive stanza with an estimated $56.1 million from 6,453 screens in 49 territories.

The China-set adventure thriller has nearly doubled its domestic gross to date, racking up an overseas cume so far of $141.1 million. Finishing No. 1 in 16 of 22 new territories, "Mummy" racked up notably muscular debut tallies in France ($5 million from 572 sites), Germany ($6.6 million from 650 locations) and Taiwan ($3.6 million from just 91 locations for an amazing per-screen average of $39,560).

"Mummy" easily bested the weekend's No. 2 title, Warners' "The Dark Knight," which registered $35.1 million from 7,000 screens in 56 markets. The latest Batman adventure has grossed $263.1 million overseas so far, a sum far outpaced by its domestic cume of $441.5 million.

"Dark Knight" opened at No. 1 in Korea, garnering $6.9 million over five days from 461 situations for a per-screen average of nearly $15,000. In Japan, it debuted at No. 2 -- behind Toho's "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea" from renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki -- with an estimated $3 million (previews included) from 460 situations. The film opens this week in Spain, France and Russia.

Sony's stoner action-comedy "Pineapple Express," the weekend's No. 2 domestic title, opened at No. 4 in Australia with an estimated $1.1 million from 195 screens.

The weekend's No. 3 title, Pixar/Disney's "WALL-E," had No. 1 openings in Spain, Korea and Venezuela, grossing an estimated $18.1 million from 3,177 screens in 28 territories and moving its international cume to $121.6 million. Worldwide, the tally is $331.6 million. Spain, the biggest of the new markets, registered $4.7 million from 498 sites for a feisty $9,438 per-screen average.

Finishing fourth was Universal's "Mamma Mia!" which continued like gangbusters overseas -- the buoyant musical has grossed nearly $70 million more internationally than it has domestically -- with a weekend take of $14.7 million from 2,400 screens in 24 markets. The overseas cume is $173.4 million (versus $104 million domestic).

Starring Meryl Streep and featuring an array of ABBA songs, "Mamma Mia!" remains very strong in the U.K., where it ranked No. 3 in its fifth weekend with an estimated $5.6 million from 515 sites for a 31-day market cume of $77.8 million. Universal expects "Mamma Mia!" to soon overtake "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" as the U.K.'s biggest 2008 grosser.

Fifth was DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "Kung Fu Panda," which racked up an animated $8 million from 5,560 in 60 territories, pushing its overseas cume to $347.5 million.

Sony's "Hancock" raised its international total to $332.1 million with a $6.5 million weekend from 4,050 screens in 70 markets. Worldwide, the Will Smith superhero vehicle has generated $553.8 million.

20th Century Fox International's "The X-Files: I Want To Believe" grossed an estimated $5.7 million from 4,000 screens in 48 markets, elevating its overseas cume to $31.4 million. The latest feature version of the TV series grabbed the No. 2 spot in Mexico with a debut tally of $1.2 million from 432 situations.

Disney's "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" hiked its international gross to $253.7 million (versus $141 domestically) with a $3.6 million weekend from 2,925 screens in 31 markets. Universal's "Wanted" generated $3 million from 1,372 dates in 39 territories for an international total of $120.6 million.

In France, the Weinstein Co. premiered director Agnes Merlet's "Dorothy" -- a Fidelite Prods./Octagon Films production to be titled "Dorothy Mills" when it opens later via Dimension Films in the U.S. -- in the No. 8 spot in Paris and suburbs. The mystery-thriller grossed an estimated $800,000 in the territory.

In Spain, Fox premiered "Taken," an action drama from Europa Corp. starring Liam Neeson, for an estimated $1.2 million from 320 situations, enough to qualify for the market's No. 3 spot. Lakeshore Entertainment's "Elegy," a drama with Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz, played 39 U.K. screens for an estimated $170,000, ranking No. 16 in the market.

Other international cumes: Paramount's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," $461.5 million; Fox's "Meet Dave," $18.7 million; Universal's "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," $24.8 million; Fox's "The Happening," $94.8 million; Sony's "You Don't Mess With the Zohan," $29.2 million; Paramount's "The Bank Job," $800,000 (from Australia-New Zealand only); New Line's "Journey to the Center of the Earth," $34.1 million (as of Aug. 7); Fox's "Shutter," $19.3 million; Sony's "Prom Night," $10.8 million; New Line's "Sex and the City," $236.3 million (as of Aug. 7); Paramount's "Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging," $8.5 million (U.K. only); and Warners' "Get Smart," $73.6 million (thanks to a weekend tally of $2.2 million from 1,471 screens).