The highest new entry, and only newcomer in Screen International's top 10, was India's Race, which opened across 16 territories.

Akshaye Khanna and Saif Ali Khan play brothers in the slick thriller involving a life-insurance policy worth millions that pays out to one brother in the event of the death of the other.

The film, which took $9,895,283 over 1,212 screens in its first week, is co-directed by Abbas and Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla (better known as the amalgamated Abbas-Mastan) and is distributed by UTV Motion Pictures. It boasted the week's third-highest screen average of $8,164.

The other two new entries in the top 20 made similar dents in the chart, with Russia's Radio Day entering at number 15, and South Korea providing Kim Hae-gon's Fate one spot lower. With Central Partnership distributing in four territories, Radio Day has accumulated $2,667,260 from 440 screens for an average of $6,062. This closely matched the business that CJ Entertainment did with Fate, taking $2,518,355 and averaging $7,034 across 358 screens in its home territory.

Franco-Italian dominance

Paolo Genovese and Luca Miniero's Questa Notte E'Ancora Nostra opened in Italy and reached 26 in the chart with $1,945,795 from 399 screens, while Philippe Claudel's I've Loved You So Long ... (Il Y A Longtemps Que Je T'Aime) took $1,943,005 on 261 screens in France for 27th spot. This week's 28th biggest film internationally was Sergio Rubini's Colpo D'Occhio with $1,814,983 from 387 screens in Italy.

These, combined with the existing films in the table, meant French films grossed $22,933,928 this week, and Italian films $6,025,051 - jointly accounting for 15.4% of the international chart.

This was reinforced by the continued strong performance of Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis, which boasted a huge screen average of $19,673, more than double the second-highest average of Die Welle, whose figure stood at $8,251.

Playing at just 991 screens in three territories, the Dany Boon comedy had fourth week takings totalling $19,496,166, with cumulative grosses standing at $137,169,803.

Gang of losers

Drillbit Taylor was the only US new entry in the chart, reaching 24 in its opening week. Steven Brill directs Owen Wilson as the eponymous schoolyard bodyguard hired by a gang of losers to protect them from the local bully. The film took $2,000,326 in three territories, and is being distributed by Paramount and UIP.

Horton Hears A Who! and 10,000 BC continued to fight it out at the top of the table, with 10,000 BC managing to hold off the competition for the second week running, grossing $26,813,911 and taking its total past the $100m mark to reach $117,815,111.

Horton came a close second with $24,505,445 taken at 6,066 screens for an average of $4,040.

The Mexico-US co-production La Misma Luna, distributed by 20th Fox, was the lowest new entry at number 38, taking $1,323,946 at 351 screens.

week)Film (origin)gross $ScrsCume $Terr
1(1)10,000 BC (US)$26,813,9117,337$117,815,11157
2(3)Horton Hears A Who! (US)$24,505,4456,066$49,878,70249
3(2)Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis (Fr)$19,496,166991$137,169,8033
4(9)The Spiderwick Chronicles (US-UK)$14,050,3303,277$28,756,60343
5(4)Step Up 2 The Streets (US)$12,697,9631,673$38,345,13523
6NewRace (Ind)$9,895,2831,212$9,895,28316
7(5)Vantage Point (US)$8,096,1842,623$52,313,46133
8(15)Juno (US)$4,256,1901,276$64,829,89830
9(11)The Other Boleyn Girl (US-UK)$3,948,1941,061$20,193,15415
10(12)Die Welle (Ger)$3,465,466420$8,625,7972
11(6)No Country For Old Men (US)$3,463,9621,314$74,468,19243
12(23)27 Dresses (US)$3,332,3371,077$49,342,76216
13(26)Meet The Spartans (US)$3,083,447936$25,100,3009
14(40)National Treasure: Book Of Secrets (US)$2,706,0211,509$230,464,17523
15NewRadio Day (Rus)$2,667,260440$2,667,2604
16NewFate (S Kor)$2,518,355358$3,040,4101
17(7)Enchanted (US)$2,451,838591$195,900,4038
18(13)Doraemon: Nobita To Midori ... (Jap)$2,322,546344$15,203,3271
19(10)Grande, Grosso E Verdone (It)$2,264,273412$18,725,4962
20(8)Jumper (US)$2,184,3961,357$111,065,80222
21(*)One Missed Call (US)$2,106,872659$6,671,93514
22(18)Earth (Ger-UK)$2,096,492501$65,898,2804
23(16)The Water Horse: Legend Of The Deep (US-UK)$2,078,2651,645$53,751,10731
24NewDrillbit Taylor (US)$2,000,326435$2,000,3263
25(*)Dan In Real Life (US)$1,948,995551$9,866,8767
26NewQuesta Notte E'Ancora Nostra (It)$1,945,795399$2,403,0491
27NewIl Y A Longtemps Que Je T'Aime (F)$1,943,005261$1,943,0053
28NewColpo D'Occhio (It)$1,814,983387$1,917,7071
29(19)The Golden Compass (US-UK)$1,777,531681$286,948,3915
30(17)Recep Ivedik (Tur)$1,717,589320$24,878,3404
31(21)The Bucket List (US)$1,664,620942$54,772,85727
32(30)The Game Plan (US)$1,560,483451$32,425,6317
33(20)There Will Be Blood (US)$1,558,953953$29,742,27239
34(22)Chaser (S Kor)$1,594,084263$30,049,6701
35(27)The Eye (US)$1,499,867565$8,999,89512
36(14)Mr 73 (Fr)$1,494,757497$4,993,5203
37(41)The Orphanage (Mex-Sp)$1,406,263469$60,691,40114
38NewUnder The Same Moon (Mex-US)$1,323,946351$1,659,2871
39(*)The Darjeeling Limited (US)$1,272,956205$15,481,3697
40(33)Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (US)$1,186,052251$5,975,0362
*Re-entry (c) Screen International, compiled by Leonard Klady