Nothing could prise James Bond's kung-fu grip off the number oneberth for a fourth consecutive weekend as Casino Royale swept towards $250m.
Sony Pictures Releasing International's (SPRI) 007 adventure addedan estimated $36.2m from 7,730 prints in 63 territories to stand at $247.2m. Itshould overtake Die Another Day's $271.1mnext weekend to become the biggest overseas Bond release in the franchise'shistory.
Casino Royale opened in seven Latin American territories and Australia and NewZealand, setting franchise records everywhere. It opened on $1.54m in Mexicofrom 564 screens to beat the record by 25%.
Bond stormed into Australia on $5.45m from 405 and beat thefranchise record by 44%. It added $5.7m from 952 prints in the UK for $80.5mafter four weekends, $5.1m from 1,188 in Germany for $31.2m after three, and$3m from 773 screens in France for $19.2m after three.
The film stayed top across most of Europe and is expected to endin the mid-$300m range.
Warner Bros Pictures International's (WBPI) Happy Feet raised its tally by an excellent $25.4mfrom approximately 6,000 prints in 37 markets for $40.8m.
The animated film opened in second place in the UK On $6.8m thatincluded previews and opened top in Spain - a rare blemish in CasinoRoyale's European reportcard - on $4.7m including previews.
Elsewhere the film opened in second place in France on $2.4mincluding previews, and was expected to rank number one in Mexico on $1.7mincluding previews. Happy Feet opened in second place in Holland on $706,000 including previews.
After two weekends the film added $1.9m for $4.4m and was lockedin a battle for top spot with local title Anplagghed Al Cinema. It stands at $3.2m in Germany and ranksthird after two and stayed top for the third consecutive weekend in Brazil on$2.3m.
Warner's Japanese-language Letters From Iwo Jima opened number one in Japan on $4.4m from402 screens.
The Departed crossed $100m as it added $7.6m from approximately 2,628 prints in42 WBPI and non-WBPI markets for $100.8m. It opened in second place in Germanyon $2.2m from 447 prints and added $2.1m in its second weekend in France for$7.1m.
The Prestige added $652,000 from approximately 492 prints in 20 markets for$26.2m. After five weekends the film stands at $6.4m in the UK, and after fourin Australia it has taken $3.8m.
Flags Of Our Fathers added $355,000 from approximately 414 prints in 16 markets for$22.1m and has amassed $13m in Japan after seven. Staying in Japan, local titleDeath Note: The Last Name took %1.2m in its sixth weekend for $39.6m.
Romantic comedy The Holiday, released overseas through Universal/UIP in 1,050 venuesacross nine territories, opened day-and-date with North America on $9.6m.
The film took $5.3m from 420 venues including previews in the UKand ranked third, grossed $2.6m from 282 sites over six days in Spain, and took$1m in Russia from 227.
Children Of Men added $525,000 from 480 dates in Universal's 20 territories for a$26.6m running total. The sci-fi thriller opened in Brazil on $100,000 from 36.Latest figures put it at $9.2m in the UK, $2.1m in Spain and Australia, and$2.4m in France. It has taken $31m through all distributors to date.
German comedy Seven Dwarfs 2 stands at $29.9m from its four German-speaking territoriesand has reached $24.2m in Germany.
Step Up hasgrossed $18.3m from five Universal territories and $34m overall.
Paramount's animated film Flushed Away took $9.3m from 3,382 sites across 33territories through UIP for $35.4m. It opened in 10 counties including $1m from680 screens in Germany. The UK stands at $9m and Spain stands at $5.4m.
Paramount's family film Charlotte's Web opened in Australia ahead of the US inthird place on $950,000 from 258 sites. The film was shot in Australia. AnInconvenient Truth hasamassed $15.6m from 37 territories so far.
Fox International's Borat crossed $100m as it added $4.9m from 2,000 screens for$104.8m. After three weekends in Australia it added $1m from 279 screens for$10.4m.
Another comedy, Deck The Halls, raised its tally by $2m from 1,200 to$6m. It opened in Mexico and Brazil on $515,000 from 350 and $120,000 from 74respectively.
Results fromBuena Vista International were unavailable at time of writing.