High School Musical 3: Senior Year finished top of the class overseas thanks to an estimated $40m haul from 3,100 screens in 22 countries through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International that set a new opening weekend record for an international launch in October.

Dominant in North America as well with a $42m three-day debut, the Disney Channel smash starring Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale opened number one in all its territories led by $13.5m in the UK, $6m in Germany, $5m in Spain, $4.3m in France and $3.7m across Scandinavia.

Elsewhere it took $1.7m in Brazil, $1m in Poland, $900,000 in Austria and $800,000 in Switzerland. High School Musical 3: Senior Year will broaden its reach next weekend, when opening highlights are expected to come from Italy and Mexico.

Wall-E added $4m for $253.5m and ranks as the eighth biggest international release of the year so far. The Pixar title stayed top in its second consecutive weekend in Italy on $2.1m for $6.9m.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua added $1.2m for $15.9m and remains the number-one release in Mexico for the fourth weekend in a row and has grossed $7m. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas added $1m from the UK and Spain for an $18.8m international running total.

The Coen Brothers' dark comedy Burn After Reading crossed the $100m worldwide threshold to reach $106.3m after adding $9m from 1,900 locations in 20 international territories, bringing the overseas tally to $48m through Universal/UPI and other distributors.

Universal released the film in Mexico and Argentina, taking $500,000 from 230 sites in second place and a Coen Brothers record of $280,000 from 49 in first, respectively.

Burn After Reading held on to number one for the second consecutive weekend in Australia on $1m from 193 for $2.8m, and grossed $2.3m from 296 in the UK for $4.6m. It ranks second after three in Spain on $1.2m from 321 for $6.5m.

Mamma Mia! grossed $4m from 3,200 in 50 territories for $408.7m and added $385,000 for $128m (£66.3m) in the UK in the 16th weekend. Hellboy II: The Golden Army boosted its tally by $2m from 1,178 locations in 31 territories for $72m and Wanted added $1.5m from 1,100 in 17 for $204.5m.

Death Race opened in five including a potential number one launch in Taiwan. Overall the action remake grossed $1.2m from 1,070 in 27 for $25m. There are 25 territories to open over the next two months including Australia, South Africa, Serbia and Mexico next weekend.

Fox International's action title Max Payne added $8.7m from 2,400 screens in 44 markets for $17.8m, led by a solid $3.5m Russian debut on 505. Russian title Admiral added $3.6m from 1,225 in Russia and the Ukraine for a muscular $33.6m running total.

DreamWorks-Paramount's thriller Eagle Eye grossed $7m from 3,108 locations in 54 territories through PPI for $57m. The largest contributions came from Japan and South Korea on $1.5m from 306 for $5.8m and $1.4m from 287 for $8.4m, respectively.

Tropic Thunder added $4.4m from 1,620 in 54 territories for $66m and opened in six, including a $1.7m debt in Italy from 256. Ghost Town starring Ricky Gervais opened in the UK on $2.1m from 341, while How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, starring another British comedy export Simon Pegg, grossed $875,000 from 412 locations in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK to stand at $7.4m. It opened in Australia and New Zealand on $529,000 from 199 and $79,000 from 40, respectively.

Saw V scored a few notable hits overseas this weekend through Mandate International buyers, taking $6.1m overall from 940 prints in nine markets.

Highlights were second place launches in the UK on $3.8m from 367 screens and Australia on $810,000 from 199.

Get Smart finally passed $100m for Warner Bros Pictures International in an otherwise quiet weekend that saw Nights In Rodanthe gross $3.4m from nearly 1,600 screens in 24 territories for $17.8m. The romance opened in Spain on $1.2m from 224 screens and was in a photo finish for second place with Burn After Reading.

Body Of Lies added $2.1m from 737 screens in nine for $9m and opened in second place in South Korea on $1.2m from 205 screens. Vicky Cristina Barcelona continued to charm French audiences in its third weekend as $1.7m from 439 prints raised the tally to $9.6m.

The House Bunny added $2.1m from 1,370 screens in 32 Sony Pictures Releasing International markets for $16.9m, powered by a fourth place $350,000 launch in Mexico on 226. After three weekends, the comedy stands at $4.5m in the UK, $2m in Spain and $1.6m in Germany.