Avatar maintained its iron grip on the international box office for an eighth consecutive weekend as it extended its run into the history books through Fox International.

James Cameron’s space opera added an estimated $76m from 10,523 screens in 120 countries, dropping merely 20% to raise the tally to $1.58bn.

Combined with the $630.1m North American cumulative total, Avatar’s global take now stands at $2.21bn.

China overtook France to become the biggest overseas market for the film thus far as it grossed $7.6m from 1,328 screens in the fifth weekend for $144.4m. France has generated $141.4m after eight.

Avatar is now the highest grossing release of all time in the UK as $5.2m from 702 boosted the tally to $114.7m and overtook Mamma Mia’s £69.2m local currency record.

The film crossed $100m in its seventh weekend in Japan thanks to $6.3m from 577 that elevated the running total to $106.9m. Italy was the top grossing market of the session and generated a further $8.6m from 829 screens for $69.8m after four weekends.

In several crucial eighth weekend results, Avatar added $7.8m from 707 in Germany after a 3% drop for $117.3m, and is the biggest film of all time in Brazil after $1.6m from 461 boosted the tally to $46.4m. It is now also the biggest industry release in Taiwan, where $449,344 from 89 resulted in $24.6m.

Avatar has now crossed $100m in six markets: China, France, the UK, Germany, Russia and Japan.

Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel grossed a further $7.1m from 4,000 screens in 41 markets in its seventh weekend and crossed $200m, finishing the weekend on $200.7m.

The family film added $2m from 362 screens in its second weekend in Italy for $5.4m and stands at $33.5m in the UK after seven.

Tooth Fairy added $3.8m from 2,119 screens in 21 markets for an early $31.8m running total. The family release launched in Argentina on $169,000 from 44 screens and added $609,000 in Spain from 295 for $2.6m after three, and $607,000 in Mexico from 464 for $6.5m after four.

It grossed $525,000 in Australia from 251 for $8.8m after four, $445,000 in Brazil from 171 for $3.5m after three, and $332,000 in Russia from 366 for $1.6m after two.

  • Sherlock Holmes grossed $16.6m through Warner Bros Pictures International on 5,230 screens in 57 markets t raise the tally to $242.5m. 

Weekend business was fired up by a $5.8m number one launch including previews in France on 719 screens, and a further $3.4m in the second weekend in Germany from 651 for second place and $9.5m. The film has generated $39.3m in the UK, $29m in Italy, and $22.6m in Australia.

Invictus surged to $43.4m following a $10.5m weekend from 2,400 screens in 28 markets, powered by a $1.8m number three launch in the UK in 275 sites. It opened in Japan on $1.8m from 320 screens and added $2m in the second weekend in Spain from 310 for $5.8m.

  • The Princess And The Frog added $15.3m from 3,225 screens in 32 territories through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International and raised the tally to $95m. The film launched in Spain on $4m from 400 screens and added $4.4m in the second weekend in France for $12.6m. The UK returned $3.2m from 456 in the opening weekend.
  • Up In The Air grossed $10.5m through PPI from 2,619 venues in 46 territories for $48.5m, fuelled by a $1.8m launch in Germany. The second weekend in France generated $1.4m from 313 venues for $4.4m and the third session in Italy brought in a further $1.3m from 247 for $6.1m. Australia stands at $5.5m after four.

Youth in Revolt launched in the UK on $1.2m from 282 sites, while The Lovely Bones has reached $4.4m in Japan and $12.6m internationally.

Universal/UPI’s It’s Complicated grossed $6m from 2,600 sites in 40 territories for $73.6m with 23 territories to go.  Germany was the top holdover on $1.4m from 512 in its third weekend for $7.3m.  The UK stands at $8.9m after five.

Serge Gainsbourg, Universal’s French co-production through Focus Features, grossed $1.1m from 499 in France for $7.7m after 19 days.

Couples Retreat stands at $59.m with nine to go and A Serious Man has reached $5.9m through UPI and $18m overall.

  • Sony Pictures Releasing International’s (SPRI) Did You Hear About The Morgans? added $3.7m from 2,000 in 49 markets for $41.8m, while Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs added $3m from 1,288 in 21 for $98.3m, and Legiongrossed $1.6m from 778 in seven for an early $9.8m. Friendship! added $1.5m from 479 in two for $12.5m and stands at $12.1m in Germany after five weekends.
  • The Book Of Eli grossed more than $2.5m through SPRI and Summit International to reach $20m and has now reached $102m worldwide. The film grossed more than $285,000 in its first two days in the UAE.