Paramount Pictures International (PPI) prepares to unleash Paranormal Activity 3 in around 45 markets this weekend and top brass expect big hits in the UK, Australia, Brazil and France.

The horror sequel has by and large impressed the critics and will also be in action in Mexico, Spain, Italy, Russia, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sweden, Netherlands, Argentina, Belgium, Taiwan, Poland and India, among others.

3D adventure The Three Musketeers has raced to $48.2m through Summit International licensees and arrives in a further 15 or so territories this weekend including Australia. It also opens in North America through Summit Entertainment.

Disney-DreamWorks’ Real Steel has ruled the international box office for the last two weekends but may succumb to its new challenger. That said, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International has generated $66.8m so far and the family drama is set to open in France and the increasingly competitive Brazil.

The Lion King stands at $40.3m and arrives in Hong Kong and Malaysia. DreamWorks’ The Help has reached an early $11.1m and opens in Singapore, while stablemate Fright Night is on $23.4m and arrives in South Africa this weekend.

Universal/UPI opens the fast-rising comedy hit Johnny English Reborn, currently on $90.3m, in Mexico. There are plenty of territories to go and the film will soar well past the $100m mark.

Children’s film Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer arrives in the UK and The Thing opens in Spain, while awards contender We Need To Talk About Kevin starring Tilda Swinton opens in the UK.

Paramount’s Cowboys And Aliens has grossed $68.4m through PPI and open in Japan, as does Rango.

Sony Pictures Releasing International opens Moneyball in Russia. By end of Oct 16 the drama stood at an early $456,726 while The Smurfs had amassed a magnificent $404.4m. Sony’s Friends With Benefits was on $84.5m and Zookeeper $86.9m.

Fox International’s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes stands at $258.7m. Monte Carlo on $14.9m arrives in the UK, Sundance entry Another Earth opens in Spain and Glee: The 3D Concert on $6.6m opens in Argentina and Chile.

Warner Bros Pictures International’s Contagion arrives in the UK, Australia and Germany and has grossed $13m from the early stages, while Crazy, Stupid, Love. is on $59m and Horrible Bosses $96m. Green Lantern opens in China this weekend and stands at $107m.

Lionsgate reported last night that the thriller Limitless stood at $82.6m and has grossed $4.7m from the first few days in China.