French films accounted for nearly a quarter of the international top 40 revenue this weekend, spearheaded by a whopping $32.5m opening from top film Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis.

The comedy, released through Pathe, played on 838 screens and boasted the highest screen average of the year so far with a mammoth $38,816 per screen.

It scored the all-time best opening week and weekend in the country, beating out Les Bronzes 3: Amis Pour La Vie in 2006, and reported 3,586,497 admissions over the three-day period.

The film is the second feature from local comedian Dany Boon - he also wrote and directed 2006's La Maison Du Bonheur, which took a more modest $8.4m in the territory. Ch'tis has generated $37.4m from three territories, including previews.

Pathe enjoyed another top 10 hit with holdover title Asterix At The Olympics which took $6.4m from 3,039 screens for a $2,097 screen average. The family film was at number seven and fell by 37% in its sixth weekend. It has generated a robust $118.6m to date.

Meanwhile, StudioCanal's romantic comedy Paris dropped 45% in its second weekend with a $3m gross. The film, starring Juliette Binoche, played on 515 screens in three territories for a $5,738 screen average. It has generated $9.9m to date.

New entry Taken made the top 30 this weekend with a $2.2m take on 350 screens in France. The thriller, starring Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace and directed by Pierre Morel, enjoyed a solid $6,161 screen average. It is distributed by Europa.

South Korea makes strong showing

Two South Korean titles generated $6.7m at the weekend. Showbox's thriller The Chaser continues its strong box-office stride, falling just 8% at the weekend with a $4.4m take. The film played on 459 screens in its home territory for a $9,651 screen average and came in at number 15 on the chart. It has grossed nearly $20m after three weekends on release.

CJ Entertainment's new entry Ba:bo opened with a $2.3m take from just 268 screens at the weekend for an $8,431 screen average. The drama, directed by Kim Jung-kwon, has taken nearly $2.7m to date in its home territory, including previews.

UK-Australia title The Bank Job opened in the top 30 at the weekend, generating $1.9m from 324 screens for a $5,824 screen average. The action thriller catapulted to number one in the UK, beating new entrants Semi-Pro and The Accidental Husband, which took $1.5m and $1.4m respectively in the territory. The Bank Job stars Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows and is directed by Australia's Roger Donaldson. It is released by Lionsgate.

Last weekend's surprise big-hitter, Recep Ivedek, fell 20% over the three-day period. The Turkish comedy earned $4.3m from just 233 screens in its home territory for an $18,411 screen average - the second highest of the weekend. It has taken $13.6m after two weekends on release and is distributed through Ozen Film.

Indian sensation Jodhaa Akbar is fast closing in on the $20m mark. The love story, distributed through UTV Communications, fell 55% over the weekend with a $1.9m take. It played across 658 screens in 11 territories for a $2,855 screen average.

L holds off One Piece challenge

Japan's new entry, One Piece 9, enjoyed a $1.5m take from 293 screens in its home territory for a $5,374 screen average. The animated film, distributed through Toei, came in at number three in the Japanese chart, beaten by Gaga's opener The Golden Compass, which grossed $7.7m, and holdover title L: Change The World.

L, distributed by Warner Bros, fell 34% over the weekend and came in at number 22 internationally with a $2.8m take. The thriller played on 607 screens for a $4,627 screen average. It has notched up $29.2m after four weeks on release.

Elsewhere, Fox's Meet The Spartans was up a massive 550% after expanding to Germany, Australia, Hong Kong and Mexico with an $8m weekend take, while Sony's thriller Vantage Point saw a similar boost after expanding in 17 territories, grossing $11.7m over the weekend.

The top 40 films grossed $188.5m from 45,384 screens for the period February 29-March 2.

week)Film (origin)gross $ScrsCume $Terr
1NewBienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis (Fr)$32,527,947838$37,400,9493
2(1)Jumper (US)$12,479,8023,770$80,818,58842
3(28)Vantage Point (US)$11,667,5102,428$14,195,16427
4(11)No Country For Old Men (US)$9,287,6941,896$50,261,76342
5*The Golden Compass (US-UK)$8,058,751792$265,117,08414
6(-)Meet The Spartans (US)$7,943,0051,653$12,898,82914
7(3)Asterix At The Olympic Games (Fr-Sp-It)$6,371,6543,039$118,614,44127
8(2)Rambo (US)$6,305,6292,712$50,132,15735
9(6)Juno (US)$6,100,9001,910$48,368,53328
10(16)There Will Be Blood (US)$5,488,1261,110$17,848,84133
11(4)Sweeney Todd ... (US-UK)$4,929,8912,207$91,195,42744
12(7)The Bucket List (US)$4,741,2021,907$42,824,43125
13(19)27 Dresses (US)$4,559,1291,743$33,999,26626
14(8)The Water Horse: Legend Of The Deep (US)$4,483,7452,292$39,452,06335
15(12)The Chaser (S Kor)$4,429,646459$19,437,0231
16(5)National Treasure: Book Of Secrets (US)$4,368,6932,070$219,691,65326
17(50)Step Up 2 The Streets (US)$4,314,143548$5,874,97210
18(10)Recep Ivedek (Tur)$4,289,725233$13,562,8101
19(17)Earth (Ger-UK)$3,727,506602$54,970,7094
20(15)Die Wilden Kerle 5 (Ger)$3,457,172852$8,473,7173
21(9)Paris (Fr)$2,955,183515$9,895,0063
22(14)L: Change The World (Jap)$2,808,855607$29,179,5066
23(20)Charlie Wilson's War (US)$2,625,1751,263$40,362,38740
24(18)P.S. I Love You (US)$2,434,5491,439$77,550,35231
25(22)We Are From The Future (Rus)$2,409,615472$6,501,4702
26NewBa:bo (S Kor)$2,259,571268$2,669,3941
27NewTaken (Fr)$2,156,203350$2,156,2031
28(36)The Orphanage (Mex-Sp)$2,081,219839$54,966,53811
29(26)Alvin And The Chipmunks (US)$2,006,7141,002$134,452,46310
30NewThe Bank Job (UK-Aus)$1,888,429324$1,888,4291
31(13)Jodhaa Akbar (Ind)$1,878,385658$19,234,25411
32NewThe Other Boleyn Girl (UK-US)$1,783,932308$1,783,9325
33NewOne Piece 9 (Jap)$1,574,571293$1,574,5711
34NewSemi-Pro (US)$1,538,320325$1,538,3201
35(27)The Kite Runner (US)$1,528,498630$30,757,72924
36*Michael Clayton (US)$1,513,993462$35,929,94815
37(24)Atonement (UK-Fr-US)$1,400,9561,182$72,429,29740
38NewThe Accidental Husband (US-UK)$1,397,202323$1,397,2021
39(30)Keinohrhasen (Ger)$1,387,504698$57,808,7513
40(23)Be Kind Rewind (US)$1,354,999365$4,965,5801
*Re-entry (c) Screen International, compiled by Leonard Klady