'Mummy' unwraps another victory at international b.o.


Universal's "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" triumphed at the international boxoffice during 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 of $141.1 million.

"Mummy" easily bested the weekend's No. 2 title, Warner Bros.' "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.

Sony's stoner action-comedy "Pineapple Express," the weekend's No. 2 domestic title, opened at No. 4 in Australia with $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 $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.

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.

"Mamma Mia!" remains strong in the U.K., where it ranked No. 3 in its fifth weekend with $5.6 million from 515 sites for a 31-day market cume of $77.8 million. Universal expects it to overtake "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" as the U.K.'s top 2008 grosser. (partialdiff)