Two very different Korean openers hit the international chart this week: Ra Hee-chan's comedy Going By The Book, and Kim Mi-jung's historical murder mystery Shadows In The Palace. Going By The Book is a broad comedy about a traffic cop and a bank robbery gone wrong, while Shadows In The Palace is an action film set in a closed, hierarchical society of women, that played well at last month's San Sebastian film festival. Greece's El Greco had the highest screen average in the international market this weekend, with local audiences flocking to Yannis Smaragdis' biopic of the 15th century painter. Meanwhile, Juan Antonio Bayona's horror The Orphanage scared up the second highest screen average in the international market on its second week on release in Spain. The film is Spain's Oscar entry for this year.

Analysis: International box-office Weekend October 19-21
week)Film (origin)gross $ScrsCume $Terr
1(1)Ratatouille (US)$30,114,0004168$310,118,00029
2(7)Stardust (UK-US)$8,530,1822120$42,471,04138
3(2)Resident Evil: Extinction (US)$6,018,6432,735$50,338,66630
4(3)The Orphanage (Sp)$5,065,783367$15,153,9721
5(9)Rush Hour 3 (US)$4,588,7361722$103,876,47737
6(18)Superbad (US)$4,260,8621836$31,786,88727
7(17)Michael Clayton (US)$3,740,595960$12,550,69611
8NewGoing By The Book (S Kor)$3,312,875403$3,840,1571
9(6)Bhool Bhulaiyaa (Ind)$3,120,966743$10,965,89317
10(4)The Heartbreak Kid (US)$3,062,2171038$18,635,6789
11NewShadows In The Palace (S Kor)$3,026,553405$3,771,5501
12(5)The Kingdom (US)$2,897,1161347$15,819,69521
13(11)I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry (US)$2,675,0921440$57,742,50635
14(12)The Seeker: The Dark is Rising (US)$2,660,9651788$6,658,59416
15(22)Knocked Up (US)$2,531,3991160$61,423,35829
16(13)Hairspray (US)$2,436,7811132$68,298,42224
17(10)The Bourne Ultimatum (US)$2,323,8191518$182,913,18337
18(31)The Invasion (US)$2,307,2531369$13,592,27813
19(8)The Brave One (US)$2,273,8091922$24,584,86641
20(14)Death At A Funeral (US-UK)$1,985,965539$12,820,22413
21NewBrother (HK)$1,837,629285$2,213,0952
22(15)Un Secret (Fr)$1,790,665473$8,278,3713
23(19)SMS - Sotto Mentite Spoglie (It)$1,662,986299$4,498,7071
24(23)Earth (Fr)$1,608,115509$4,167,5923
25NewEl Greco (Gr)$1,523,864104$1,523,8641
26(30)Hero (Jap)$1,465,330502$65,083,1022
27(21)Tropa De Elite (Bra)$1,444,267252$6,271,4721
28(16)Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (Ind)$1,377,635471$6,350,82416
29(24)Surf's Up (US)$1,318,4281554$59,107,57331
30(25)The Game Plan (US)$1,288,430400$3,830,7341
31(38)Alles Is Liefde (Neth)$1,264,31095$2,773,2692
32NewRendition (US)$1,242,393349$1,242,3932
33(*)Meet The Robinsons (US)$1,206,000554$58,142,0007
34(33)Lust, Caution (Tai-HK)$1,134,067216$11,303,7976
35(28)Happiness (S Kor)$1,114,476257$8,567,2201
36(20)The Apocalypse Code (Rus)$1,080,864398$8,867,1953
37(37)Becoming Jane (UK-Ire-US)$1,016,324582$15,396,1819
38NewLas 13 Rosas (Sp)$954,639232$954,6391
39NewLove Exposure (S Kor)$932,601205$999,5741
40(*)The Good Shepherd (US)$871,375290$37,768,1861
*re-entry (c) Screen International, compiled by Leonard Klady