With school breaks and national holidays extending the weekend in many territories, 10,000 BC faced a stiff challenge from the younger-skewing Horton. But the Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) release held up well in its third weekend and crossed the century mark to reach an international total of $118.1m.
The prehistoric adventure opened in only one new territory. Weekend figures for the launch in China were not available, but WBPI said that 'pre-weekend estimates' suggested a number one ranking in the territory with a $5.6m gross from 537 digital screens and 463 traditional sites (the widest digital opening ever outside the US, according to the studio, and the widest of any sort in China).
Grosses in holdover territories were led by an estimated second-weekend take of $2.1m from 431 situations in the UK, for a total to date in the market of $5.5m.
In its second weekend in Russia the film took $1.8m from 521 prints, for a territory total of $5.1m. The film's third weekend in Spain produced $1.8m from 467 prints, for a total of $10.7m. And its second weekend in Italy garnered $1.6m from 482 prints, for a $5.4m total.
Mexico delivered a third-weekend take of $1.5m from 500 prints (total - $13.4m) and Korea a second weekend tally of $1.3m from 200 prints (total - $5.4m).
The international tally for Horton Hears A Who! reached $50m after two weekends and Fox International is hoping the film will hold up well as school holidays continue.
The computer animated Dr Seuss story spread to 20 new territories, including two majors.
It opened at number one in the UK with an estimated $6.1m (including $2.2m from previews last weekend and on Wednesday and Thursday) from 508 locations. That compares to the UK opening of $4.3m (including $1.6m from previews) for Ice Age, the 2002 hit produced, like Horton, by Fox's Blue Sky Studios.
Horton opened in second place in Australia with an estimated $2.5m (including about $500,000 from previews) from 365 locations. That compares to Ice Age's $1.4m excluding previews.
In second-weekend markets the family comedy was up 38% to $2.7m from 475 screens in Spain and down only 9% to $2.9m from 809 screens in Germany.
The international chasing pack was led by The Spiderwick Chronicles, from Paramount Pictures International (PPI), which grossed an estimated $15.6m from 3,642 locations across 51 territories (bringing its international total to $30.1m).
The fantasy opened at number two in the UK, grossing $5.4m from 468 locations. It opened in Italy with $1.1m from 244 screens, in Germany with $1.1m from 495 locations, and in Brazil with $557,000 from 115 locations.
Step Up 2 The Streets produced a strong estimated $8m from 594 dates in the four territories for which it was acquired by Universal.
In the UK, the dance drama opened at number one with an estimated $4.9m from 342 dates (150% up, said Universal, on the opening weekend for the original Step Up).
Australia delivered another top ranked opening, with an estimated gross of $2.4m (47% up on the original film). Universal's total for the film so far is $9.4m.
Vantage Point, from Sony Pictures Releasing International, delivered another estimated $8m, this time from 2,825 screens in 38 markets.
The thriller opened in France with $1.8m from 350 screens, ranking second in the territory. Holdover territories included the UK, which produced an estimated $1.5m from 323 screens, for a territory total of $8.5m. The film's international total to date stands at $52.2m.
Historical drama The Other Boleyn Girl grossed $4.2m from 1,153 dates in the fourteen territories where it is distributed by Universal, bringing its international total to $19.7m.
Opening in Korea the film took an estimated $1.2m from 110 dates.
Fox International's Juno earned $3.6m from 1,250 screens in 16 markets including Germany, where it opened at number three with $2.3m from 350 screens. The studio's Meet The Spartans took $3.4m from 1,200 screens in 14 markets (for a total in Fox territories of $25.2m), opening with $2.5m from 351 screens in the UK.
Fox's 27 Dresses grossed $3.3m from 1,400 screens in 21 markets, opening in Russia with $845,000 from 220 screens and in Italy with $1.2m from 289 screens. The film's international total to date stands at $49.4m.
Also from Fox, Jumper earned $2.3m from 2,000 screens in 32 markets (for a Fox-distributed total so far of $110.7m) and The Darjeeling Limited grossed $1m from 235 screens in six markets (for a total of $15.2m).
Fox released La Misma Luna - the Spanish-language film it acquired with the Weinstein Company - in Mexico on the same weekend as the film's domestic launch (with the title Under The Same Moon). Grossing $1.7m from 350 screens the drama became Mexico's best-opening local title of the year so far.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International (WDSMPI) reported another strong weekend for Enchanted in Japan. The live action/animated romcom grossed $3m from 530 screens to hold onto top spot in the territory. Disney expects the film's international gross to pass $200m (compared to $127.7m from domestic) next weekend.
WDSMPI said The Game Plan took $1.7m from 453 screens in four territories, for an international total to date of $32.4m. The studio's There Will Be Blood grossed $1.6m from 641 dates in 42 territories, for an international total of $29.8m. And Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert took $1m from 110 screens in seven territories. The 3D music film had the biggest 3D opening ever in Australia, taking $469,000 from 19 screens for a $26,050 per-screen average.
SPRI's The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep took an estimated $2.1m from 1,750 screens in 35 markets, pushing its international total to $53.7m.
PPI's Drillbit Taylor, which also opened this weekend in the US, made its international start with $1.8m from 538 locations in three markets. It grossed $965,000 from 195 locations in Australia, and $720,000 from 297 locations in Mexico.
Universal opened Dan In Real Life in Spain on Tuesday and reported an estimated gross of $1.2m from 181 dates. For Charlie Wilson's War the studio reported an estimated $1m from 490 dates in 30 territories, for an international total to $45m.
The studio's In Bruges grossed $465,000 from 67 dates in Ireland, for a 17-day total of $2.7m.
Atonement added $250,000 from 430 dates in 25 territories, pushing its international total to $75.4m.