Ghost Rider holds top spot on the international chart for the third consecutive week, motoring past the $60m mark after it expanded into the UK, Brazil, Japan and Denmark. The Pursuit Of Happyness took $6.7m, with predictions from Sony Pictures Releasing International chiefs that it could end up in the $140m range. Night At The Museum pulled its overseas tally beyond $275m, taking in an additional $6.3m from 22 territories. Re-entries came for Borat, which grossed $3.5m thanks to a number-one launch in Italy; Oscar-winning best picture The Departed, which took an additional $2.2m; The Illusionist, which grossed another $1.9m thanks to openings in the UK and Australia; and Smokin' Aces, which opened in 10 markets and took $1.6m. New entries came from local hits in France (Michou d'Auber), Japan (Genghis Khan and One Piece 8) and Poland (Testosteron).

Analysis - International box-office Weekend March 2-4
week)Film (origin)gross $ScrsCume $Terr
1(1)Ghost Rider (US)$16,629,6294,008$61,485,47347
2(6)The Pursuit Of Happyness (US)$6,741,7892,623$126,613,05058
3(2)Night At The Museum (US)$6,321,2733,033$278,978,34022
4(3)La Vie En Rose (Fr-UK-Czech)$6,131,524990$31,381,3285
5(9)Dreamgirls (US)$6,070,4251,852$37,897,28248
6(7)Music And Lyrics (US)$5,641,4681,645$32,011,58318
7(4)Taxi 4 (Fr)$4,868,390911$32,169,4893
8(5)Hot Fuzz (UK)$4,499,796441$30,772,2741
9(23)The Number 23 (US)$4,283,610743$7,809,1338
10(8)Blood Diamond (US)$4,182,4632,401$93,342,39145
11(30)Bridge To Terabithia (US)$3,577,3881,316$7,717,65112
12(*)Borat (US)$3,491,850566$125,414,4777
13(13)The Good Shepherd (US)$3,207,4741,283$11,735,57720
14(10)Hannibal Rising (Czech-Fr-US-UK)$2,976,4831,782$35,386,67126
15(17)Notes On A Scandal (UK-US)$2,925,051968$17,710,32835
16(11)Charlotte's Web (US)$2,662,7591,753$55,817,99230
17(*)The Departed (US)$2,224,6561,424$154,965,01624
18(12)Rocky Balboa (US)$2,207,5181,506$73,803,26726
19(37)The Lives Of Others (Ger)$2,137,367399$26,824,09413
20(33)The Queen (Fr-It-UK)$2,108,0601,054$54,760,36826
21(New)Michou d'Auber (Fr)$2,092,677377$2,092,6772
22(29)The Last King Of Scotland (UK-US)$2,000,539668$18,915,27341
23(14)Norbit (US)$1,938,372657$8,830,3087
24(16)Saturno Contro (It)$1,906,983399$6,475,4821
25(*)The Illusionist (US)$1,877,184437$34,156,9779
26(19)Letters From Iwo Jima (US)$1,741,574798$49,989,72340
27(New)Genghis Khan (Jap)$1,691,681440$1,691,6811
28(22)Babel (Mex-US)$1,662,6021,087$79,676,55937
29(20)Miracle On 1st Street (S Kor)$1,597,455290$14,762,8811
30(*)Smokin' Aces (US)$1,596,103588$14,383,44823
31(24)Arthur And The Invisibles (Fr)$1,516,7841,638$86,188,59618
32(28)Dance With Him (Fr)$1,473,374322$4,307,7821
33(27)Barnyard (US)$1,472,803703$39,930,87010
34(18)Protege (HK)$1,438,795441$13,380,5534
35(25)The Sovereign's Servant (Russ)$1,427,817434$4,644,6824
36(New)One Piece 8 (Japan)$1,422,142280$1,422,1421
37(26)Could This Be Love' (Fr)$1,404,798303$4,234,3232
38(34)Pan's Labyrinth (Sp-Mex)$1,403,231625$38,224,55522
39(New)Testosteron (Pol)$1,373,710125$1,388,9451
40(21)Paragraph 78 (Russ)$1,349,850557$4,881,5754
*Re-entry (c) Screen International, compiled by Leonard Klady
North America - Three-day weekend March 2-4 - Top 30
RankFilm (Origin) DistributorWeek3-dayScrsScreen%Total
gross $avg $changegross $
1(-)Wild Hogs (US) Buena VistaNEW$39,699,0233,287$12,078 -$39,699,023
2(-)Zodiac (US) ParamountNEW$13,395,6102,362$5,671 -$13,395,610
3(1)Ghost Rider (US) Sony Pictures3$11,553,4693,608$3,202-42$94,810,845
4(3)Bridge To Terabithia (US) Buena Vista3$8,904,5123,159$2,819-37$58,207,144
5(2)The Number 23 (US) New Line2$6,486,3042,759$2,351-56$24,119,947
6(5)Norbit (US) Paramount4$6,398,6962,827$2,263-35$82,905,396
7(6)Music And Lyrics (US) Warner Bros3$4,888,3372,644$1,849-36$38,673,388
8(-)Black Snake Moan (US) Paramount VantageNEW$4,143,1991,252$3,309 -$4,143,199
9(4)Reno 911: Miami (US) 20th Fox2$3,942,9262,702$1,459-62$16,605,822
10(7)Breach (US) Universal3$3,617,6701,498$2,415-40$25,556,015
11(10)Amazing Grace (UK-US) IDP Distribution2$2,826,987791$3,574-30$8,027,359
12(8)Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls (US) Lionsgate3$2,275,3401,146$1,985-53$28,421,602
13(9)The Astronaut Farmer (US) Warner Bros2$2,212,1552,155$1,027-50$7,792,554
14(12)Night At The Museum (US) 20th Fox11$1,455,768927$1,570-33$243,529,237
15(11)Because I Said So (US) Universal5$1,334,5051,131$1,180-52$40,444,925
16(15)Pan's Labyrinth (Mex-US-Sp) Picturehouse10$1,194,796525$2,276-7$34,224,075
17(18)The Last King Of Scotland (UK) Fox Searchlight22$961,122517$1,859+23$15,295,804
18(16)The Queen (It-UK-Fr) Miramax22$910,504545$1,671-18$54,260,831
19(23)The Lives Of Others (Ger) Sony Pictures Classics3$781,095112$6,974+77$2,320,756
20(14)The Messengers (US) Sony Pictures5$709,275706$1,005-56$34,457,349
21(17)Dreamgirls (US) Paramount12$579,467454$1,276-31$102,101,341
22(13)Hannibal Rising (Czech-UK-US-Fr) MGM Studios4$511,556746$686-70$26,984,826
23(30)Happy Feet (Aus-US) Warner Bros16$466,309621$751+111$194,776,258
24(21)Notes On A Scandal (UK-US) Fox Searchlight10$296,690222$1,336-49$16,748,003
25(20)Letters From Iwo Jima (US) Warner Bros11$252,345285$885-64$13,328,600
26(-)The Departed (US) Warner Bros22$238,491216$1,104 -$132,141,905
27(-)Stomp The Yard (US) Sony Pictures8$224,256267$840 -$60,880,843
28(24)Epic Movie (US) 20th Fox6$187,126294$636-53$39,208,042
29(19)The Abandoned (Sp) ADF, Lionsgate2$184,524515$358-76$1,255,524
30(29)Blood Diamond (US) Warner Bros13$180,53099$1,824-26$56,510,832
$1 = $1.00 Nielsen EDI
Year-on-year performance +22.1% on equivalent week, 2006 (top 30)
Top 30 total 3-day gross $120.8m
UK/Ireland - Three-day weekend March 2-4 - top 10
RankFilm (Origin) DistributorWeek3-day3-daySitesSite%Total
gross £gross $avg $changegross $
1(1)Hot Fuzz (UK) Universal Pictures International3£2,219,655$4,272,676441$9,689-33$30,254,104
2(-)Ghost Rider (US) SpriNEW£1,851,897$3,564,768342$10,423 -$3,564,768
3(3)The Number 23 (US) Entertainment Film Distributors2£787,502$1,515,885324$4,679-35$5,021,561
4(2)Charlotte's Web (US) Paramount Pictures Int'l4£706,633$1,360,218490$2,776-46$18,973,705
5(-)The Illusionist (US) Momentum PicturesNEW£670,506$1,290,676273$4,728 -$1,290,676
6(4)Music And Lyrics (US) Warner Bros4£565,992$1,089,494364$2,993-40$15,711,661
7(5)The Good Shepherd (US) Universal Pictures Int'l2£388,023$746,916331$2,257-38$2,649,798
8(7)Arthur And The Invisibles (Fr) Momentum Pictures5£289,072$556,443415$1,341-42$9,687,625
9(6)Epic Movie (US) 20th Fox4£283,319$545,369293$1,861-49$9,500,920
10(-)Freedom Writers (US) ParamountNEW£233,382$449,244228$1,970 -$449,244
$1 = £0.52 Screen International
Year-on-year performance - +40.6% on equivalent week, 2006 (top 20)
top 20 total 3-day gross - $18.7m
France - Week ending February 27 - Top 10
RankFilm (Origin) DistributorWeek7-day7-dayScrsScreen%Total
gross £gross $avg $changegross $
1(2)La Vie En Rose (Czech-UK-Fr) TFM Distribution2EUR7,223,978$9,511,492718$13,247-18$21,052,268
2(1)Taxi 4 (Fr) EuropaCorp Distribution, ARP Selection2EUR6,542,544$8,614,278867$9,936-42$23,360,558
3(-)Ghost Rider (US) Sandrew MetronomeNEWEUR2,918,129$3,842,171426$9,019 -$3,842,171
4(3)Night At The Museum (US) 20th Fox3EUR2,543,730$3,349,216657$5,098-10$12,158,683
5(-)Dance With Him (Fr) Wild BunchNEWEUR2,011,165$2,648,012308$8,597 -$2,648,012
6(-)Could This Be Love' (Fr) Studio CanalNEWEUR2,007,701$2,643,451251$10,532 -$2,643,451
7(-)Barnyard (US) Paramount Pictures InternationalNEWEUR894,954$1,178,347247$4,771 -$1,178,347
8(4)Blood Diamond (US) Warner Bros4EUR876,868$1,154,534370$3,120-31$8,295,310
9(5)Odette Toulemonde (Bel-Fr) Pathe Distribution3EUR799,033$1,052,052321$3,277-32$4,918,702
10(-)Letters From Iwo Jima (US) Warner BrosNEWEUR761,291$1,002,358141$7,109 -$1,002,358
$ figures approximated on a $5.57 average ticket price. Le Film Francais
Year-on-year performance - +39.8% - on equivalent week, 2006 (top 20)
top 20 total 7-day gross - $41.8m
Spain - Three-day weekend March 2-4 - top 10
RankFilm (Origin) DistributorWeek3-day3-dayScrsScreen%Total
gross £gross $avg $changegross $
1(-)Bridge To Terabithia (US) DeA PlanetaNEWEUR1,393,129$1,827,294304$6,011 -$1,827,294
2(1)Ghost Rider (US) Spri3EUR643,154$843,591400$2,109-45$6,443,287
3(2)Blood Diamond (US) Warner Bros4EUR622,985$817,137340$2,403-30$7,129,325
4(3)The Grudge 2 (US) Aurum2EUR505,898$663,560286$2,320-40$2,025,084
5(4)Bordertown (UK-US) Tri Pictures2EUR454,283$595,859264$2,257-37$1,831,722
6(6)The Pursuit Of Happyness (US) Spri5EUR405,377$531,712283$1,879-35$7,837,766
7(-)The Host (S Korea) Notro FilmsNEWEUR386,918$507,500169$3,003 -$507,500
8(10)The Lives Of Others (Ger) Alta Films3EUR385,565$505,72583$6,093+37$1,501,519
9(5)Night At The Museum (US) 20th Fox6EUR360,160$472,403319$1,481-43$15,952,609
10(7)The Last King Of Scotland (UK) 20th Fox2EUR342,257$448,921110$4,081+1$1,097,479
$1 = EUR0.76 Nielsen EDI
Year-on-year performance -6% on equivalent week, 2006 (top 20)
Top 20 total 3-day gross $9.3m
Germany - Four-day weekend March 1-4 - top 10
RankFilm (Origin) DistributorWeek4-day4-dayScrsScreen%Total
gross EURgross $avg $changegross $
1(1)Ghost Rider (US) Spri2EUR1,096,653$1,437,856369$3,897-39$4,251,105
2(2)Die Wilden Kerle 4 (Ger) BVI5EUR644,896$845,543720$1,174-45$13,415,689
3(-)Smokin' Aces (US) UPINEWEUR550,344$721,573224$3,221 -$721,573
4(-)Bridge To Terabithia (US) Constantin FilmNEWEUR507,168$664,964280$2,375 -$664,964
5(4)Hannibal Rising (Czech-UK-US-Fr) Tobis Film3EUR491,272$644,122519$1,241-31$3,651,905
6(3)La Vie En Rose (Czech-UK-Fr) Constantin Film2EUR469,505$615,583205$3,003-35$1,876,605
7(-)The Hitcher (US) UniversumNEWEUR395,143$518,084303$1,710 -$518,084
8(6)The Good Shepherd (US) UPI3EUR336,415$441,084139$3,173-33$2,397,303
9(5)Rocky Balboa (US) 20th Fox4EUR334,771$438,929558$787-51$7,769,064
10(7)Pan's Labyrinth (Mex-US-Sp) Senator Film2EUR313,195$410,640147$2,793-33$1,232,279
$1 = EUR0.76 Nielsen EDI
Year-on-year performance -33% on equivalent week, 2006 (top 15)
Top 15 total 4-day gross - $8.2m
Italy - Three-day weekend March 2-4 - Top 10
RankFilm (Origin) DistributorWeek3-day3-dayScrsScreen%Total
gross EURgross $avg $changegross $
1(-)Borat (US) 20th Century FoxNEWEUR2,316,239$3,032,917407$7,452 -$3,032,917
2(2)Saturno Contro (It-Fr-Tur) Medusa Film2EUR1,304,512$1,708,147399$4,281-43$5,944,644
3(1)Notte Prima Degli Esami: Oggi (It) 01 Distribuzione3EUR896,478$1,173,861391$3,002-62$14,517,043
4(3)Music And Lyrics (US) Warner Bros2EUR734,803$962,162326$2,951-42$3,141,904
5(4)Night At The Museum (US) 20th Fox5EUR363,232$475,621195$2,439-57$14,385,586
6(5)Alpha Dog (US) Moviemax2EUR361,267$473,048190$2,490-44$1,651,955
7(-)One Out Of Two (It) 01 DistribuzioneNEWEUR310,706$406,843176$2,312 -$406,843
8(6)Hannibal Rising (Czech-UK-US-Fr) FilmAuro4EUR201,898$264,368131$2,018-65$7,392,170
9(7)The Holiday (US) Universal Pictures International4EUR187,673$245,742133$1,848-61$5,529,869
10(8)Notes On A Scandal (UK-US) 20th Fox2EUR186,524$244,23793$2,626-42$838,065
$1 = EUR0.76 Cinetel
Year-on-year performance +6.2% on equivalent week, 2006 (top 20)
Top 20 total 3-day gross $10.1m
Mexico - Three-day weekend March 2-4 (93% screens reporting) - Top 10
RankFilm (Origin) DistributorWeek3-day3-dayScrsScreen%Total
gross pesogross $avg $changegross $
1(1)Norbit (US) Paramount Pictures International, UIP28,622,241$767,718288$2,666-37$2,687,411
2(2)Ghost Rider (US) Spri37,369,816$656,203403$1,628-43$6,332,759
3(3)KM 31 (Mex-Sp) Videocine56,311,474$561,969248$2,266-16$8,328,297
4(-)Pathfinder (US) 20th FoxNEW4,822,692$429,409229$1,875 -$4,293,713
5(4)The Pursuit Of Happyness (US) Spri54,679,452$416,655300$1,389-19$6,332,759
6(5)Blood Diamond (US) Warner Bros42,662,455$237,063291$815-38$3,559,576
7(-)The Departed (US) Warner Bros162,152,118$191,623202$949 -$3,249,279
8(8)Pan's Labyrinth (Mex-US-Sp) Warner Bros202,055,801$183,047133$1,37613$6,322,630
9(6)Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (Ger-Fr-Sp) Gussi71,603,090$142,738152$939-24$4,461,531
10(-)Freedom Writers (US) Paramount Pictures Int'l, UIPNEW1,300,213$115,770134$864 -$115,770
$1 = peso11.23 Screen International, Compiled by Leonard Klady
Year-on-year performance -7.7% on equivalent week, 2006 (top 10)
Top 10 total 3-day gross $3.7m
Japan - Two-day weekend March 3-4 - Top 10
RankFilm (Origin) DistributorWeek2-day2-dayScrsScreen%Total
gross Yengross $avg $changegross $
1(-)Genghis Khan: To The Ends... (Jap) ShochikuNEWYen196,940,415$1,691,681440$3,845 -$1,691,681
2(-)One Piece 8 (Jap) ToeiNEWYen165,561,537$1,422,142280$5,079 -$1,422,142
3(1)Dreamgirls (US) Paramount Pictures International, UPI3Yen154,589,702$1,327,896288$4,611-20$9,503,652
4(-)Ghost Rider (US) SpriNEWYen135,378,908$1,162,879256$4,543 -$1,162,879
5(-)Perfume (Ger-Fr-Sp) Gaga CommunicationsNEWYen106,252,464$912,689265$3,444 -$912,689
6(2)Dororo (Jap) Toho6Yen105,416,961$905,512296$3,059-38$26,353,703
7(6)Sakuran (Jap) Asmik Ace2Yen78,105,651$670,913132$5,083+74$1,615,641
8(3)The Pursuit Of Happyness (US) Col TriStar6Yen60,540,375$520,030263$1,977-49$21,685,636
9(4)Bubble Fiction: Boom Or Bust (Jap) Toho4Yen57,670,555$495,379272$1,821-40$6,746,800
10(-)Ryu Ga Gotoku (Jap) ToeiNEWYen32,735,063$281,188103$2,730 -$281,188
$1 = Yen116.42 Screen International, Compiled by Leonard Klady
Year-on-year performance -50.8% on equivalent week, 2006 (top 10)
Top 10 total 2-day gross $9.4m
South Korea - Three-day weekend March 2-4 (93% screens reporting) - Top 10
RankFilm (Origin) DistributorWeek3-day3-dayScrsScreen%Total
gross wongross $avg $changegross $
1(1)Miracle On 1st Street (S Korea) CJ Entertainment31,389,634,000$1,467,005236$6,216-42$13,470,468
2(-)Music And Lyrics (US) Warner BrosNEW1,170,732,000$1,235,915144$8,583 -$2,061,835
3(-)The Pursuit Of Happyness (US) SpriNEW963,565,800$1,017,215146$6,967 -$1,769,733
4(2)Highway Star (S Korea) Studio 2.03796,424,400$840,767211$3,985-47$82,072,150
5(3)Dreamgirls (US) CJ Entertainment2720,530,000$760,647114$6,672-38$3,369,391
6(-)Skeletons In The Closet (S Kor) Cinema ServiceNEW647,727,000$683,791161$4,247 -$1,073,878
7(-)Hannibal Rising (Cz-UK-US-Fr) Prime EntertainmentNEW554,597,200$585,476167$3,506 -$970,225
8(4)A Day For An Affair (S Korea) Cinema Service4234,830,500$247,905157$1,579-72$10,921,561
9(6)Babel (Mex-US) MK Pictures2201,830,500$213,068107$1,991-65$1,282,002
10(8)Bridge To Terabithia (US) Lotte Entertainment3176,236,000$186,048106$1,755-63$2,546,038
$1 = won 947.26Kofic
Year-on-year performance +6% on equivalent week, 2006 (top 10)
Top 10 total 3-day gross $7.2m
The Screen Index - Cumulative grosses to March 9 issue
Weekly total: $229.3m
Year-on-year comparison +12.5%
Week-on-week comparison -1.3%
The weekly total is the sum of the grosses in the top nine markets