Fox International's epic adventure Australia gets a big push over the Christmas weekend in a jam-packed few days that is expected to produce considerable gains too for sci-fi stablemate The Day The Earth Stood Still, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International's new family release Bedtime Stories and Warner Bros Pictures International's comedy Yes Man.

Australia ventures into 44 territories and Fox Filmed Entertainment chiefs will be looking for a substantial run to make up for the film's disappointing North American performance. Highlights are expected to come from France, Switzerland and Taiwan on December 24, followed by Germany, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and Singapore on December 25th and the UK and New Zealand on December 26. The early international running total stands at $19.9m.

The Day The Earth Stood Still has grossed more than $77.6m since it touched down on Planet Earth two weekends ago and launches in four territories including South Korea on December 25 and Australia on December 26.

The comedy Marley & Me starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston opens day-and-date with North America in four, among them Brazil on December 25. The horror title Mirrors opens in Japan on December 26.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International's Adam Sandler family film Bedtime Stories settles in to 15 territories day-and-date with North America this weekend, when the heavy hitters are expected to be France on December 24, Germany and Australia on December 25 and the UK on December 26.

The comedy also launches in Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland, New Zealand and Belgium. The animated hit Beverly Hills Chihuahua opens across Scandinavia.

Sony Pictures Releasing International holds all international rights to Odd Lot Entertainment's comic strip adaptation The Spirit and releases it day-and-date with the North American launch through Lionsgate in Italy, Spain and Italian-speaking Switzerland on December 25, followed by Taiwan on December 26. Sony's Will Smith drama Seven Pounds opens in Brazil on December 25.

Warner Bros Pictures International's Jim Carrey comedy Yes Man launches in 12 territories over the weekend including the UK, while the Oscar contender The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button ventures into its first overseas territories of Australia and New Zealand on December 26, day-and-date with Paramount's North American release. The film will roll out across the rest of the world in January and February.

Universal's animated feature The Tale Of Despereaux has amassed an early $1.9m international running total and arrives in seven territories through UPI this weekend including Russia, Mexico and Hong Kong on December 25.

The drama Frost/Nixon launches in Australia and New Zealand on December 26. Latest figures put the drama Changeling on $27.1m, Burn After Reading on $36.1m and teen romance Wild Child on $18m.

DreamWorks' thriller Eagle Eye lands in France on December 24 through PPI, while DreamWorks Animation's hit sequel Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa has reached $234.5m and opens in several smaller territories.

Summit International's vampire romance Twilight is also in action and should build on its $65m-plus tally with decent holdover business in the UK and other territories. New Line International's comedy Four Christmases opens in Taiwan on December 24 and the fantasy adventure Inkheart opens in Brazil on December 25.