Keanu Reeves returned with his first number one hit in five years as Fox International's The Day The Earth Stood Still dominated the overseas box office with a $39m estimated haul.

Playing in approximately 7,700 screens in 90 day-and-date date markets, the sci-fi remake opened top in 53 markets including the UK, Russia, Spain, Italy, Taiwan, Belgium, Holland and Sweden. Combined with the $31m number one North American launch the film took $70m worldwide.

France, Germany and Mexico each delivered second place results behind DreamWorks Animation's/PPI's Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, as did most of the other markets that did not rank number one.

The Day The Earth Stood Still grossed $5.6m from 721 screens in Russia, $4.1m including previews from 466 in the UK, $3.2m from 606 in France, $2.9m from 468 in Spain, $2.9m from 1,121 in Mexico, $2.7m from 804 in Germany and $2.5m from 517 in Italy.

Elsewhere it generated $1.4m from 73 in Hong Kong, $1.2m from 162 in Taiwan, $885,714 from 200 in Thailand, $618,704 from 48 in Singapore and $607,514 from 110 in Malaysia.

Fox International co-presidents Tomas Jegeus and Paul Hanneman called the result 'a great start for Fox International this holiday season', with key markets of Japan, Korea, Australia, Argentina and Brazil still to come. 'With the anticipated release of Australia at Christmas around the globe, we believe audiences of all ages have two highly entertaining movie-going opportunities during the holidays.'

Speaking of Australia, Baz Luhrmann's epic romance added $3.8m from 1,054 screens in five markets for $14.9m. It launched in South Korea on $2m from 426 screens and added $1.8m in its third weekend in Australia for $12.7m.

Last weekend's champion Madagascar Escape 2 Africa had another terrific weekend as $33.6m from 5,338 locations in 46 territories through PPI raised the running total to $172.7m.

The film launched in 11 new markets including Brazil where it opened top on an excellent $4m including previews. The best of the second weekend holdovers saw the animated sequel add $7.2m in Germany for $20.6m after a 36% fall, $6m in France for $16.2m after dropping 31%, $3.9m in the UK for $14.9m after a 31% drop and $2.8m in Mexico after a 36% fall for $9.2m. There are 13 territories to still open including Australia on December 18 and Italy on December 19.

'We are delighted with the openings this weekend and in particular the strong holds in most markets, which signals excellent word of mouth and portends strong business for the forthcoming holiday season,' PPI's executive vice president of international distribution and operations Roger Pollock said.

Sony Pictures Releasing International's Quantum Of Solace surged towards $370m as $5.2m from 4,200 screens in 70 markets raised the tally to $367m.

There were no new debuts for James Bond, who added $1.1m from 394 in Australia to rank fifth after four weekends on $16.4m. Elsewhere the action film ranks fourth in Germany on $38.3m after six, eighth in the UK on $78.4m after seven, fifth in Spain on $11.3m after four and fifth in Holland on $7.6m after six.

Summit International's Twilight has crossed the $200m worldwide mark, adding $10.7m overseas from 2,540 sites in 24 markets for $50.2m. The vampire romance opened at number one in Australia on $3.6m including previews and held well in Spain, Italy and Mexico where it has reached $9.2m, $14.9m and $7.8m, respectively.

Wall-E stayed top in Japan for the second consecutive weekend through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International as $4.5m raised the tally to $12m after nine days. The overall international running total stands at $276.4m.

Meanwhile Bolt added $4.1m for $28m as the animated canine boosted his Russian tally by $1m to $10.4m, which is the highest result ever for a Walt Disney Studio animated title. The tween dream High School Musical 3: Senior Year added $2.7m for $145.4m.

Burn After Reading grossed $3.6m from 819 sites in 22 territories through UPI for $78.5m. The dark comedy opened in second place in Belgium on $450,000 from 34 sites including previews. The drama Changeling added $1.9m from 1,060 in nine for $22.5m, action remake Death Race stands at $37.3m including $2.3m from Japan and hit musical Mamma Mia! has reached $426.7m with Japan to come on January 30.

Four Christmases took $3.8m through New Line International from 1,130 screens in 18 territories for $15.7m. The comedy grossed $1.7m in the UK for $9.9m and added $723,800 in Australia for $2.6m.

Meanwhile the fantasy adventure Inkheart launched in four territories and grossed $3.1m from 992 screens, led by an excellent $1.8m debut in Australia in third place on 497 screens and the UK on $1.1m in fourth place from 407. Inkheart is scheduled to open in North America on January 23 through Warner Bros.

The spy thriller Body Of Lies grossed $2.9m through Warner Bros International from more than 2,200 screens in 53 markets for $58m and opens in Japan on December 20. Romance Nights In Rodanthe stands at $32.8m and opens in Italy on December 19.

Finally Mandate International's horror sequel Saw V added $1.3m from approximately 1,000 screens in 36 territories for $44.4m.