Ghost Rider continued to blaze a trail across the international arena as it dominated the market for the third consecutive weekend.

The comic book adventure grossed an estimated $16.3m through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) from approximately 4,000 prints in 56 territories and now stands at $60.7m with $100m well within its sights.

Weekend business was fired up by a $1.8m number one release in Brazil on 278 screens, and a solid $3.5m UK debut on 350 that ranked second behind the seemingly indomitable might of Hot Fuzz.

Ghost Rider launched in Japan on $1.2m from 263 prints, and stayed top in Germany for the second weekend in a row on $1.5m for $4.3m. It ranks second in Spain after adding $900,000 for a three-week tally of $6.5m.

The Pursuit Of Happyness took $6.6m from 2,700 screens in 52 markets for $124.5m, and could end in the $140m range according to SPRI chiefs.

The drama opened in the top three on $1.8m from 140 prints in South Korea - which celebrated Independence Day on Mar 1. It opened top in Taiwan on $410,000 from 18 screens in Taipei, and launched at number one in Singapore on $230,000 from 26.

Japan is currently the film's biggest overseas market on $21m, narrowly ahead of director Gabriele Muccino's native Italy, which has generated $20m.

Fox International's hit family film Night At The Museum took in another $6.9m from 3,400 screens in 28 markets to raise the tally to $280m. The highlight was a $2.3m fourth weekend hold on 626 screens in France that elevated the total there to $15.1m.

Borat grossed $3.7m thanks to a number one $3.1m launch in Italy on 419 screens that gives the comedy a $125.6m international running total.

Rocky Balboa added $2.3m from 1,800 screens in 10 markets for $71.1m. The drama opened top in Argentina on $147,200 from 40 screens, and launched in Indonesia and Thailand on respective $28,000 and $17,000 grosses. Rocky took $685,000 from 253 in its second weekend in Australia and stands at $2.8m.

Notes On A Scandal added $2.5m from 1,000 screens in 33 markets for $17.5m. The result was fuelled by debuts in France and Brazil that produced $539,000 from 105 and $99,000 from 20 respectively.

The Last King Of Scotland opened in Peru on an excellent $23,000 from seven screens and overall took $1m at the weekend from 690 screens in 41 markets for $17.9m.

The romantic comedy Music And Lyrics is enjoying a solid early run and added $6.7m from 1,655 prints in 18 markets through Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) for $32.3m.

The film opened in second place in South Korea on $2.1m from 140 prints, and opened in second place in Brazil on $490,000 from 140 screens. Italy has generated $3.4m after two weekends, the UK stands at $15.9m after four, and Australia has taken $5.3m after three.

Blood Diamond added $4.3m from more than 2,460 prints in 57 markets for $94.8m, while Letters From Iwo Jima grossed $1.9m from 938 prints in 49 markets for $50.5m.

Universal/UPI's comedy Hot Fuzz stayed top in the UK for the third weekend in a row on $4.3m from 428 sites for 24% market share and a $30.6m running total. The next scheduled releases are Australia and New Zealand on March 15.

The Good Shepherd grossed $1.9m from 770 venues in seven territories for an $8.3m tally. The CIA drama stands at $2.7m in the UK after two weekends, $2.5m in Germany after three, and $2.1m in Australia after three.

The crime caper Smokin' Aces opened in 10 markets and took $1.5m from a total of 500 screens for a $14.3m international running total, while romantic comedy The Holiday has grossed $127.6m.

Dreamgirls grossed $5.8m on 1,791 screens in 52 territories through Paramount/PPI, raising the international running total to $37.3m. The musical opened in second place in France on $1.6m from 350 sites, and it added $1.3m in Japan for a running total of more than $9m.

Charlotte's Web grossed $2.5m from 1,841 sites in 47 territories for $55.6m. The family film added $1.1mfrom 450 screens in the UK, where it has amassed $19m.

The comedy Norbit ranked number one in Australia, Mexico and New Zealand after a $2.2m haul from 641 venues in seven territories raised the cumulative tally to $9.2m. Barnyard stands at $40m and Babel has grossed $38m to date.

Summit Entertainment's family film Bridge To Terabithia produced several strong results over the weekend as it raised its early international tally by $3.6m to $7.8m.

The film opened at number one in Spain on $1.8m from 289 screens and drew 237,204 admissions, and opened in fourth place in Germany on $671,186 from 280 screens and drew 93,387 admissions.

Elsewhere, Bridge To Terabithia opened at number five in Austria on $65,000 from 45 prints, and launched in third place in Poland on $135,264 from 63. The CIS generated $576,000 and has amassed $1.63m.

Lionsgate's horror title Saw III stands at $76.3m and has grossed $7m in Germany alone.