'Valkyrie'tops week at international b.o.


Tom Cruise is back on top — at least overseas — while a brace of Oscar-related titles, particularly "Slumdog Millionaire," perform in outstanding fashion.

Finishing No. 1 on the international circuit was MGM/ UA's "Valkyrie," which premiered in major overseas territories during the weekend to an estimated $13.2 million from 2,283 screens in 13 markets.

The historical drama, which stars Cruise as a man who tries to assassinate Adolf Hitler, opened No. 1 in Australia and the Netherlands, with Germany the leading territory with an estimated $3.4 million from 689 sites. No. 2 bows were recorded in the U.K., Austria and South Korea, according to overseas distributor 20th Century Fox International.

Placing second was Sony's "Seven Pounds," which played strictly holdover dates and registered an estimated $12.6 million from 3,302 screens in 27 territories. The overseas cume stands at $60.1 million. The Will Smith vehicle took the No. 1 spot in its second weekend in Spain with $2.9 million from 322 sites for a market total of $8.3 million.

No. 3 on the weekend overall was Warners' "Yes Man" starring Jim Carrey, which drew an estimated $9.9 million from 3,300 screens in 55 markets, pushing its overseas cume to $82.6 million. No. 4 was Sony's Russian release, which it identifies as "The Best Movie Ever 2," yielding $9.5 million from 948 screens in Russia, which the distributor describes as the second-best market launch after the original "Best Movie Ever."

Finishing No. 5 was Summit International's "Twilight," which continues very strongly in Germany ($3.4 million in its second frame from 612 spots). The teen favorite registered $9 million on the weekend from 3,332 screens in 55 markets, and its international gross stands at $151 million.