Fuelled by a respectabledebut in Germany and several smaller markets, Fox International's Alien VsPredator added $8.7m on 2,249 screensat the weekend to pass $50m at the international box office.

The action horror opened on$3.1m on 561 in Germany, while Austria yielded $447,000 on 65 and Belgiumproduced $582,000 on 50.

All three results rankedsecond and include paid previews. Alien Vs Predator has amassed $52.2m to date.

The comedy Dodgeball opened in fourth place in Italy on $609,000 on 176as the picture elevated its international running total to $49.5m. Dodgeballopens in Korea next weekend and Japan in March 2005.

Garfield raised its total to $118.5m, while the sci-fithriller I, Robot is edgingtowards the $200m mark and now stands on $197.7m. It is due to open in China onNov 26.