Fox International top brass unleash the runaway train thriller in around 40 territories this weekend and expect it to be the one to beat.

Washington’s longtime collaborator Tony Scott directed the film and highlights are expected from Germany, France, Italy, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and South Africa.

Knight And Day has grossed $183.3m, Vampires Suck stands at $41.5m and Avatar has amassed $2.022bn.

Unstoppable will need to plunder as much as it can before Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) releases Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 across most of the world next weekend, day-and-date with North America.

WBPI’s Due Date rules the waves last weekend and opens in France and Hong Kong. The comedy already stands at more than $21.9m heading into its second weekend.

The animated adventure Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’Hoole has amassed more than $75m and touches down in China, while crime drama The Town has grossed more than $48.9m.

Universal / UPI’s animated hit Despicable Me added a further $11.8m last weekend to raise the tally to $252.3m and will continue to surge towards the $275m mark. Drama Charlie St Cloud has grossed $13.3m and opens in France, while Scott Pilgrim Vs The World touches down in Spain. Devil stands at $13.9m and arrives in Italy.

The American has grossed $6.3m and arrives in Australia. Senna, the documentary about the Brazilian former Formula One champion Ayrton Senna who was killed in an accident, opens in Brazil.

Paramount / PPI’s reality comedy Jackass 3D has taken $22.9m and raids seven territories this weekend, among them Mexico, Brazil and Hong Kong. Megamind has amassed $23.3m heading into its second wide weekend and is expected to hold well. Ghost opens in Japan and Dinner For Schmucks arrives in France.

Sony Pictures Releasing Intrenational’s The Social Network stands on more than $66m while Eat Pray Love and The Other Guys have grossed more than $115m and $45m, respectively.

Summit International’s genre release Red stands at more than $43m through the company’s distributors and added $9.5m last weekend.

Lionsgate’s horror tale Saw 3D has amassed more than $34m so far. Roughly $1.5m of that comes from the Disney territories of Mexico and Venezuela.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International (WDSMPI) releases the comedy You Again in the UK, which should give the film a timely boost. It currently stands at $5m.

Latest figures put The Sorcerer’s Apprentice on $152.1m, Step Up 3D on $2.9m from WDSMPI markets and Toy Story 3 on $647.8m.