Mona Lisa Smile grossed $8.6m on 2,065 screens for Columbia TriStarFilm Distributors International (CTFDI) at the weekend.
It opened number one inGermany on a notable $2.8m from 601 screens, and also secured top berths inAustria ($335,000 from 78) and Switzerland ($550,000 from 85).
The drama opened second inFrance behind The Last Samurai on $1.8m from 394 screens and second inBrazil behind the same title on $465,000 from 154. It also placed third inHolland on $305,000 from 59.
Good holdover business raisedthe cumulative score in Spain in its second week by $1.4m to $3.9m, dropping28%.
The openings were on a parwith those by Erin Brokovich and Maid In Manhattan and representa decent launch pad for the title, which still has seven major markets to go.
Big Fish grossed $236,000 and a good $13,100 average from 18West End screens in London, its first international roll-out. The film willexpand wide in the UK next week.
Underworld opened top in Australia last Thursday (22) but bythe end of the weekend had to settle for second best on $1.5m. CTFDI only has afew markets for the supernatural thriller.
Peter Pan opened on $330,000 from 28 screens in Singapore overChinese New Year, which was roughly on a par with Stuart Little.
The film took $3m at the weekend,including UIP English-speaking markets. Its industry-wide international runningtotal sits at $28m. CTFDI will open it in France on Feb 4 for the schoolholidays.