French comedy Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis enjoyed its second weekend at number one, taking an impressive $29.8m from three territories while keeping new entry 10,000 BC at bay.

Ch'tis fell a mere 8% over the three-day period and played on 905 screens for a whopping $32,916 screen average, the highest of the weekend. The film, released through Pathe, was at number one in France, Belgium and Switzerland and has taken a mammoth $75.4m after just two weekends on release.

The Dany Boon comedy is proving to be one of the territory's highest grossing French films of the new millennium - it trails just behind 2006's hit Les Bronzes 3: Amis Pour La Vie ($76.7m) and has already beaten 2002's top film Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra.

A further four French titles helped the territory see its product account for 20% of the top 40 revenue this weekend. Pathe's Asterix At The Olympic Games fell 50% in its seventh weekend with a $3.2m take, but stayed within the top 20. The fantasy adventure has taken nearly $123.5m to date from 26 territories.

New entry Female Agents, starring Sophie Marceau, generated $2.2m over the weekend, putting it at number 25 on the chart. The espionage drama, directed by Jean-Paul Salome (Bonne Nuit), played on 510 screens in France and Belgium for a $4,220 screen average. It has taken $2.2m including previews and is released through Cineart in Belgium and TFM Distribution in France.

The fall of Paris

Studio Canal's romantic comedy Paris fell 47% with a $1.6m take from 515 screens for a $3,058 screen average. It has grossed $12.1m after three weekends on release. And Europa's Taken still remains in the top 40 in its second weekend despite a 32% dip. The action thriller, written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, enjoyed a $1.4m take and has generated nearly $4m to date in France.

Italian film Grande, Grosso E Verdone was the highest non-US entry this weekend with an $8.5m take. The comedy, released through Filmauro, played on 703 screens in Italy and boasted a $12,089 screen average, the third highest of the weekend. The film is directed by Carlo Verdone, whose 2006 comedy My Best Enemy took $23.5m in Italy.

Three Japanese films generated more than $9m over the weekend, spearheaded by the latest instalment of the Doraemon franchise which opened at number seven with $5m. Doraemon: Nobita To Midori No Kyojinten played on 344 screens in its home territory for a colossal $14,686 screen average. It is distributed by Toho and is based on the Japanese manga series by Fujiko F Fujio.

Toho had another manga-based hit with Eiga: Kurosagi, which opened to $2.8m at the weekend. The film, directed by Yasuharu Ishii, played on 315 screens in Japan for an $8,980 screen average.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros release L: Change The World fell 56% with a $1.2m take. It has generated $32.1m from five territories after five weekends on release.

Chinese warriors

The Chinese-language film An Empress And The Warriors opened in the top 30 with a $2.1m take this weekend. The action drama, directed by Tony Siu-Tung Ching, played across 645 screens for a $3,318 screen average and boasts a $2.6m tally, including previews. It features a top Asian cast including Donnie Yen, Leon Lai and Kelly Chen and is released through Mei Ah Entertainment.

Turkish comedy Recep Ividek is still fighting strong in the international arena - the film took $2.5m in its third weekend, falling 43%. It played across just 233 screens in Turkey for a solid $10,573 screen average and has generated $18.4m to date.

Elsewhere, Roland Emmerich's 10,000 BC was the only new entry from the US in this weekend's international chart. The prehistoric epic, distributed by Warner Bros, came in at number two with a hefty $25.2m take from 3,617 screens in 20 territories.

The top 40 international films generated $181.2m from 44,130 screens for the period March 7-9.

week)Film (origin)gross $ScrsCume $Terr
1(1)Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis (Fr)$29,789,375905$75,435,4103
2New10,000 BC (US)$25,271,8483,617$26,006,73220
3(2)Jumper (US)$12,223,1473,633$95,980,08141
4(3)Vantage Point (US)$10,029,7942,825$27,540,14832
5NewGrande, Grosso E Verdone (It)$8,498,597703$8,498,5971
6(4)No Country For Old Men (US)$7,069,1671,881$60,557,55147
7NewDoraemon: Nobita To Midori ... (Jap)$5,052,021344$5,052,0211
8(17)Step Up 2 The Streets (US)$5,046,130811$12,125,52913
9(32)The Other Boleyn Girl (US-UK)$4,722,4281,007$7,003,87513
10(14)The Water Horse: Legend Of The Deep (US)$4,432,7251,946$45,073,26037
11(13)27 Dresses (US)$4,288,6811,793$40,558,96431
12(8)Juno (US)$4,042,9421,716$55,043,12529
13(10)There Will Be Blood (US)$3,571,0311,106$23,365,50849
14(6)Meet the Spartans (US)$3,527,0641,390$18,315,87714
15(15)The Chaser (S Kor)$3,228,394410$24,239,1561
16(7)Asterix At The Olympic Games (Fr-Sp-It)$3,198,4762,811$123,496,96826
17(5)The Golden Compass (US-UK)$3,188,990702$275,450,4019
18(9)Rambo (US)$2,864,1252,090$55,483,24536
19NewEiga: Kurosagi (Jap)$2,828,597315$2,828,5971
20(19)Earth (Ger-UK)$2,516,584537$59,158,6464
21(18)Recep Ivedek (Tur)$2,463,519233$18,372,6612
22(11)Sweeney Todd ... (US-UK)$2,317,8041,565$95,080,00837
23(16)National Treasure: Book Of Secrets (US)$2,263,3171,632$222,914,92328
24(12)The Bucket List (US)$2,208,5391,153$46,765,77726
25NewFemale Agents (Fr)$2,152,155510$2,159,8372
26NewAn Empress And The Warriors (Ch-HK)$2,140,000645$2,675,0001
27*The Spiderwick Chronicles (US)$2,021,756577$6,512,3285
28(40)Be Kind Rewind (US)$2,005,734547$7,581,1843
29(28)The Orphanage (Mex-Sp)$1,964,566886$57,559,98213
30*The Game Plan (US)$1,771,157422$27,912,1456
31(20)Die Wilden Kerle 5 (Ger)$1,720,075912$10,894,9313
32(35)The Kite Runner (US)$1,650,979777$33,173,78932
33(21)Paris (Fr)$1,575,088515$12,111,1743
34*Untraceable (US)$1,478,340512$3,785,35311
35(27)Taken (Fr)$1,435,003350$3,995,0751
36(26)Ba:Bo (S Kor)$1,401,169250$4,913,8891
37(25)We Are From The Future (Rus)$1,352,664358$8,623,9142
38(30)The Bank Job (UK-Aus)$1,350,416325$4,267,1621
39(23)Charlie Wilson's War (US)$1,267,770974$42,494,79034
40(22)L: Change The World (Jap)$1,248,839445$32,114,0845
*Re-entry (c) Screen International, compiled by Leonard Klady