An absence of big-hitting new releases explains the 22.2% week-on-week drop in the international top 40 this weekend, with all four new entrants failing to enter the top 30.

In its second week, Russian sequel The Irony Of Fate 2 was the strongest non-US performer. The second instalment of the cult comedy, from Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Day Watch), was up 61% at the weekend after expanding to Lithuania and Latvia, and took $9.2m across 912 screens. It jumped two places to number eight in its third weekend and enjoyed a $10,025 screen average, the third-highest of the weekend. Distributed through Twentieth Century Fox, it has grossed more than $35m to date.

German cinema continues to flex its muscles, with three films generating more than $8m at the weekend, accounting for 4.2% of the top 40 revenue. Til Schweiger's Keinohrhasen stole the highest screen average at the weekend at a whopping $11,422. But the rom-com fell a modest 16% to number nine with a $6.5m weekend take from 565 screens. It has $23.7m after three weekends and is released through Warner Bros.

Dodo flies in

Thilo Rothkirch's family animation Kleiner Dodo was the weekend's highest new entry, at number 31 with a $1.3m three-day gross. It played on 553 screens for a $2,360 screen average and, like Keinohrhasen, is distributed by Warner Bros.

Meanwhile, Constantin Film's Warum Manner Nicht Zuhoren Und Frauen Schlecht Einparken held firm in its sixth weekend, with a $1.1m take from 406 screens. The satire has generated nearly $12m to date.

Brazilian drama Meu Nome Nao E Johnny opened at number 34 this weekend, taking $1.1m from 103 screens in its home territory. The film, distributed through Sony Pictures Releasing International, boasted the second-highest screen average this weekend at $10,742 per screen. Directed by Mauro Lima (Deus Jr), it is based on the true story of a Brazilian cocaine dealer in the 1990s.

Korean romantic comedy Gidarida Michyeo, released through Cinema Service and directed by Ryu Seung-Jin, opened at number 35 with a $1.1m take across 248 screens in its home territory. And Polish comedy Jeszcze Raz opened to number 39 with a $966,652 take from just 118 screens in Poland, for a $8,192 screen average. It is distributed by Monolith Films.

Meanwhile, Chinese cinema continues to enjoy robust box office. Chinese civil war drama The Assembly dropped 25% but remained in the top 15 with a $3.8m take from 561 screens. The film has generated $27.5m after three weekends on release. And Media Asia's period epic The Warlords remained within the top 20 with a $2.1m take in its fourth weekend. The Jet Li starrer played across 589 screens for a $3,497 screen average. It has generated $35.3m to date.

British talent

British films also fared well this weekend - Ealing Studios production St Trinian's fell a modest 18% in its third weekend, with a near $3m take from 386 screens for a $7,611 screen average. The schoolgirl comedy, which stars a host of British talent including new Bond girl Gemma Arterton, has generated more than $15m to date in the UK alone. It is released in the territory through Entertainment Film Distributors.

And Ken Loach's It's A Free World re-entered the chart at number 32 after opening in France. It generated $1.2m and has a $2.4m international tally to date.

Elsewhere, Indian film Welcome, from Studio 18, is closing in on the $20m mark, making it actor Akshay Kumar's biggest international grosser, while Warner Bros' I Am Legend holds the top spot with a $30.5m take in its fourth weekend.

The top 40 international films generated $208.8m from 49,452 screens for the period January 4-6.

week)Film (origin)gross $ScrsCume $Terr
1(1)I Am Legend (US)$30,510,5493,492$167,974,51633
2(3)National Treasure: Book Of Secrets (US)$20,270,9204,270$102,081,95733
3(2)The Golden Compass (US-UK)$20,176,3386,154$233,851,04249
4(7)Alvin And The Chipmunks (US)$15,826,7364,201$63,423,41846
5(4)Enchanted (US)$14,443,5384,712$137,958,29534
6(5)Bee Movie (US)$14,336,4784,820$131,971,52249
7(6)Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem (US)$12,541,8853,263$35,436,46333
8(10)The Irony Of Fate 2 (Rus)$9,153,211913$35,099,1445
9(8)Keinohrhasen (Ger)$6,453,727565$23,743,5153
10(25)P.S. I Love You (US)$5,992,614982$11,853,5758
11(9)American Gangster (US)$5,524,5031,607$72,482,10931
12(13)The Assembly (Chi)$3,830,163561$27,455,2082
13(11)The Fox And The Child (Fr)$3,816,7711,094$17,398,2086
14(*)Halloween (US)$3,049,923484$16,891,0172
15(17)St Trinian's (UK)$2,937,809386$15,189,6461
16(14)Una Moglie Bellissima (It)$2,846,495498$29,589,9942
17(26)Hitman (UK-Fr-US)$2,657,2941,096$52,188,9797
18(12)Natale In Crociera (It)$2,459,939449$36,773,5342
19(11)The Warlords (HK)$2,059,655589$35,275,4585
20(16)Welcome (Ind)$2,251,904698$19,550,33313
21(18)Arn ... Knight Templar (Swe-Ger-Nor-Den-Fin-UK)$2,016,109271$10,637,1572
22(36)A Tale Of Mari And Three Puppies (Jap)$1,951,773333$20,836,5481
23(24)Eastern Promises (UK-Can-US)$1,859,198458$30,710,89114
24(21)Atonement (UK-Fr-US)$1,770,976300$38,481,15114
25(43)The Darjeeling Limited (US)$1,754,014352$6,452,26511
26(22)Elizabeth: The Golden Age (UK-Fr-US)$1,703,578770$44,656,31629
27(20)Love In The Time Of Cholera (Col-US)$1,672,913796$11,004,0325
28(28)Lions For Lambs (US)$1,506,981248$39,195,1065
29(19)Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium (US)$1,326,8631,418$23,603,59514
30(23)Taare Zameen Par (Ind)$1,309,599323$10,389,30911
31NewKleiner Dodo (Ger)$1,305,008553$1,458,2092
32(*)It's A Free World (UK-It-Ger-Sp)$1,195,118122$2,391,0622
33(32)Gone Baby Gone (US)$1,147,315164$5,159,1935
34NewMeu Nome Nao E Johnny (Bra)$1,106,412103$1,106,4121
35NewGidarida Michyeo (S Kor)$1,102,942248$2,277,2811
36(29)Warum Manner Nicht Zuhoren (Ger)$1,075,335406$11,996,5013
37(45)We Own The Night (US)$1,025,150634$11,530,3657
38(40)The Kite Runner (US)$967,507203$2,585,7622
39NewJeszcze Raz (Pol)$966,652118$1,136,9471
40(31)Beowulf (US)$927,511798$108,766,27136
* Re-entry (c) Screen International, compiled by Leonard Klady