Warner Bros’ comedy sequel towered over the international arena and is on the cusp of $100m after a robust performance in the second weekend.

The romantic comedy is active on 7,970 screens in 49 markets through Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) and drew 5.6million admissions, adding an estimated $45m for a $90m running total. The biggest new launch came from Australia on $7.6m from 562 screens including previews.

Meanwhile Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time gave Disney chiefs plenty to smile about as it raced past $150m in its second weekend. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International reported $37.6m from 10,316 sites in 48 territories for an early $156.4m tally.

  • Returning to Sex And The City 2, WBPI reported solid business in the new markets as the film opened top in France on $3.9m from 526, and grossed $3.9m from 659 for second place in Russia.

It took $3m in Japan from 402 including previews, $1.9m and pole position in Spain from 343, and $897,000 in Mexico from 425 for second place. The Scandinavian launches were excellent as Sex And The City 2 generated in Denmark, $1.2m in Norway, and $1.1m in Finland. All three were record launches for the year-to-date.

Sex And The City 2 held on to the number one spot in Germany, the UK and Italy, which returned $3.6m from 993 for $14.6m, $3.5m from 530 for $19.6m, and $923,000 from 504 for $5.3m, respectively.

Benefiting from the Corpus Christi holiday, Brazil produced a further $691,000 from 200 screens for $2.1m. The film is scheduled to open in South Korea on June 10. Clash Of The Titans has amassed $324.8m to date.

  • Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time’s weekend business was powered by a string of notable performances. It held on to top spot in Russia on an excellent $5.5m from 556 for $17.9m and after two weekends the adventure has overtaken the cumulative local currency grosses of Iron Man 2 and Sherlock Holmes.

It held on to number one in China on $4.4m from 1,250 sites for $14.8m, ranked second in France on $3m from 652 for $9.3m, stayed top in Mexico on $2.6m from 123 for $8.5m, ranked as the top Hollywood release in South Korea on $2.4m from 459 for $9.4m, and finished second in Australia on $1.6m from 246 for $5.4m. Prince Of Persia launched at number one in Brazil on $3.6m from 329.

Alice In Wonderland added $3.5m from 1,875 locations in 25 territories, raising that extraordinary international running total to $680.3m. It is the fifth biggest release of all time overseas behind Ice Age 3 on $688.2m and stands at $1.013bn worldwide.

  • Universal/UPI’s Robin Hood used a 9m weekend from 6,500 sites in 59 territories to forge a handsome $172m international running total. Venezuela was the only new release and returned a number one ranking on $320,000 from 65.

Entering the fourth week, the adventure ranks in the top five in all its territories and stands at $19.5m in the UK, $14.4m in France, $13.9m in Australia, $12.3m in Germany, $10.3m in Spain, $8.5m in Mexico, $7.3m in Brazil, and $2.5m in Argentina. There are five territories to open including China next weekend.

  • Shrek Forever After, the North American champion for the third consecutive weekend, added $8.8m overseas through PPI from 1,986 sites in 19 territories for $68.4m. The biggest contribution came from Russia, where in its third weekend the film added $4.5m from 860 locations for an outstanding $46.1m.

How to Train Your Dragon grossed $3.8m from 3,548 in 62 for $253.3m and added $2.2m from 524 in its third weekend in South Korea for $16.2m. Japan will be the last major market to receive the film in early August.

Iron Man 2 grossed $3.2m, of which $3m came through PPI from 6,432 sites in 61 territories for $279.5m. The industry tally stands at $288.4m and the film opens in Japan on June 11. She’s Out Of My League grossed $911,000 from 697 venues and has taken $12.2m so far from 20 territories. The romantic comedy launched in the UK on $517,000 from 378.

  • Fox International’s family title Marmaduke scampered into 13 new territories and grossed $3.5m from 1,473 screens in 17 territories overall for an early running total of $5.1m. It opened in Russia on $828,000 from 338 and Brazil on $593,000 from 103.

The Tooth Fairy added $637,000 in the UK from 409 sites to raise the tally to $3.4m and an international box office of $50.7m. The final launches are France and Italy next weekend — the first weekend of the 2010 World Cup — when The A-Team will touch down in 34 markets. Date Night is winding down and stands at $53m.

  • Sony Pictures Releasing International’s action comedy The Back-Up Plan added $1.2m from 891 screens in 30 Sony markets for $25.3m. The industry tally stands at $28.3m. Legion added $1.1m from 520 in 18 for $26.1m, and Death At A Funeral grossed $1m from 320 in seven for $1.4m.