'Quantum' takes int'l b.o. for fifth week

Raises foreign gross total to $340.1 million

It's Bond once again on the overseas circuit as Sony/MGM's "Quantum of Solace" dominated international boxoffice for the fifth consecutive weekend, tallying $20.1 million from 8,755 screens in 73 markets and raising its foreign gross total to $340.1 million.

A significant weekend launch was 20th Century Fox's No. 1 Down Under opening, simultaneous with its North American debut, of director Baz Luhrmann's "Australia" for $5 million from 645 dates.

The $130-million epic showcasing the Luhrmann's native Australia and costarring fellow Aussies Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman also played Jamaica and Trinidad, and tallied estimated $5.1 million overall. Worldwide early cume stands at $25.1 million.

Disney premiered "Bolt," Pixar's digitally animated tale of a tv-celebrity talking dog (voiced by John Travolta), in Russia, Italy and Poland for an estimated $6.6 million from a total of 1,070 screens, sufficient to rank No. 5 on the weekend.

The weekend's No. 1 domestic title, "Four Christmases," New Line's holiday-themed comedy with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn, opened via local distributor Entertainment in the No. 1 spot in the U.K. with an estimated $2.1 million.

Also in the U.K., "Changeling," director Clint Eastwood's period drama starring Angelina Jolie, debuted No. 3 with $1.9 million from 349 locations, the best opening for a Clint Eastwood-directed title in the market. Overall weekend for "Changeling" produced $4.4 million from 1,040 situations in five markets.

"Quantum" is $92 million away from overtaking 2006's "Casino Royale" as the biggest foreign grosser of the 22-title Bond series. ("Casino Royale's" offshore cume is $432.1 million.) The latest Bond film's foreign cume is now nearly two-and-a-half times its $141.1 million domestic total.

No. 2 on the weekend, DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," busted loose in 12 new territories, finishing No. 1 in Spain ($5.7 million from 603 screens), Portugal and Colombia. Overall tally was $12.5 million from 2,364 dates in 24 markets. Overseas cume for the animation title stands at $71.5 million, with openings in 11 major markets – including the U.K., France and Germany – due this week.

No. 3, Warner's espionage drama "Body of Lies," continues to show more spark internationally with lively openings in Mexico and Brazil, bringing the weekend tally to $8.3 million from 3,447 situations in 54 markets. Overseas cume stands at $43.7 million.

Ranking No. 4 was Summit International's "Twilight," which grabbed $7.6 million from 1,618 screens in 15 markets, for an overseas cume of $19.9 million and $139.6 million worldwide. The teen favorite finished No. 1 in Italy, Mexico and Belgium.

Disney's High School Musical 3: Senior Year" hoisted its overseas cume to $133.9 million thanks to a $3.6 million weekend playing 4,227 dates in 37 markets. Fox's action title "Max Payne" grossed $2.7 million from 1,400 sites in 21 territories. Cume is $40.3 million.

Other weekend action plus overseas cumes: Universal's "Death Race," $2.3 million from 1,090 screens (cume, $33.8 million); Mandate Int'l.'s "Saw V," $1.9 million from 1,700 sites ($36.9 million); and Focus Features/Universal's "Burn After Reading," $1.8 million from 894 screens ($73 million)

Topping the France market was EuroCorp's "Transporter 3," the third installment of the action series starring Jason Statham, which tallied an estimated $3 million. Playing 500 screens in its second weekend was Pathe's "Mesrine: L'ennemi public No. 1" with Vincent Cassell as notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine, for an estimated $2.4 million, enough to rank No. 2 in the market. Cume is $8.2 million.

Disney's release of road movie "J' irai dormir a Hollywood" has accumulated $1.4 million in France over two frames while Warner's comedy "Musee haut, musee bas" grossed a cume of $2.7 million also over two rounds.

Other international cumes: Universal's "Mamma Mia!" $425 million; Disney's "WALL-E," $265 million (versus $223.3 million domestic); Fox's "The X-Files: I Want to Believe," $47.1 million; Disney's Beverly Hills Chihuahua," $20.8 million; and Disney's "The Accidental Husband," $3.1 million.