The top 40 films generated $184.2m across 42,853 screens for the period of February 1-3.
For the full international chart, compiled by Len Klady, click here.
The latest instalment of the comic book adaptation played across 3,002 screens in 19 territories for a whopping $12,757 screen average - the second highest of the weekend - and generated nearly $4m in its opening day in France (Jan 30). Asterix, released through Pathe Distribution, is closing fast on the $40m mark after two weekends on release after opening January 25 in Poland, where it shot to number one with a $913,853 first weekend take. The 11th feature film, based on the comics created by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, stars Gerard Depardieu and Clovis Cornillac.
Hong Kong's CJ7 also made the top 10 this weekend with a $5.7m take in its first weekend across four territories. The comedy, which is written and directed by local favourite Stephen Chow, who also stars in the film, played on 714 screens for an $8,109 screen average. It has generated $8.4m to date, including previews.
Meanwhile, last week's top film, Russian comedy The Very Best Film, slipped nine places and suffered a 72% drop in its second weekend. The parody, which still claims the highest opening weekend in Russia ever, generated $5m from 792 screens for a $6,321 screen average. It has grossed an impressive $27.5m to date across three territories. It is distributed through Caroprokat.
Polish cinema showed its colours this weekend with new comedy Lejdis coming in at number 26 with a $2.1m opening from just 160 screens. The comedy, directed by Tomasz Konecki (Testosteron, Cialo), had the highest screen average this weekend at a massive $13,315 per screen and boasts a $2.2m international tally after only being released in its home territory.
Four Korean films took over $8m collectively at the international box office this weekend, including three new entries. The Game opened to number 22 with a $2.5m take across 317 screens for an $8,107 screen average. The thriller, distributed through Prime Entertainment, opened to number one in its home territory and took 361,867 admissions over the three-day period. It has generated more than $3m including previews.
Adventure comedy Once Upon A Time In Corea enjoyed a near $2m weekend take across 336 screens for a $5,917 screen average. The film, which is directed by Jeong Yong-Gi (The Doll Master), had 279,941 admissions in its first weekend and has grossed nearly $2.5m including previews. It is released through SK Telecom's new film division CH Entertainment.
And CJ Entertainment's A Man Who Was Superman opened to number 38 with a $1.4m take on 360 screens. The drama, directed by Jeong Yun-Cheol, has a $1.8m tally to date after taking more than 206,000 admissions over the weekend. Meanwhile, holdover title Women's Team Handball continues its lucrative stride with a $2.1m weekend take on 315 screens. The sports film, produced by MK Pictures, has generated $21.2m after four weekends on release.
Meanwhile, a slew of UK co-productions dotted the chart. New entry Penelope came in at number four in the UK and number 36 internationally with a $1.5m take from 335 screens for a $4,518 screen average. The quirky comedy, starring Christina Ricci and James McAvoy has a UK release through Entertainment. Meanwhile, Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream re-entered the chart after opening in Italy with a $2.5m take. Overall, the crime thriller played in eight territories and generated nearly $3m over 409 screens with a $12.5m total to date. And Working Title's Atonement is still going strong in the run up to the BAFTAs and the Academy Awards - the drama generated $2.7m in its 22nd weekend from 1,002 screens and has grossed nearly $60m from 34 territories.
Elsewhere, Cloverfield was up 100% over the weekend with a $18.5m take from 3,133 screens in 32 territories while American Gangster was up 1% in its 14th week with a $7.3m take after opening in Japan and Mexico.