The top 40 films generated $189.3m across 48,218 screens from the period of February 15-17.
For the full international chart, compiled by Len Klady, go to global box office.
The 16th century love story, starring Aishwarya Rai, catapulted to number four in the chart and played on 1,105 screens for a $7,305 screen average. It generated $713,866 from just 15 screens in the UK, putting it in the UK top ten with a $15,519 screen average. The film also took $142,338 from 15 screens in Australia and $22,191 from just four screens in Australia. It is distributed through UTV Communications.
Parlami D'Amore, Italy's newest offering, also enjoyed an impressive debut with a $4.4m take over the three-day period. The romantic comedy is the directorial debut from Silvio Muccino, who acted in local Italian hits Manuale D'Amore and Il Mio Miglior Nemico. Muccino also wrote and stars in the film, which played over 595 screens in its home territory for a $7,335 screen average. It is distributed in Italy through 01 Distribuzione and has generated $5.5m to date, including previews.
Holdover title Quiet Chaos continues its run in the top 40, taking $1.8m from 365 screens in just Italy for a $5,039 screen average. The drama, based on the novel by Sandro Veronesi, fell 25% in its second weekend and has a $5.3m cumulative total.
South Korea's new entrant The Chaser opened within the top 20 with a $3.9m take on 440 screens for an $8,936 screen average. The thriller, directed by Na Hong-jin, has taken more than $4.7m to date, including previews. It is distributed through Showbox.
Meanwhile, Pathe Distribution's family sensation Asterix At The Olympics was ousted from the top slot over the weekend as Fox's Jumper leapt to number one with a near $30m take. Asterix slipped 38% with $15.1m take and played on 3,673 screens across 25 territories for a $4,113 screen average. It has generated a whopping $93.2m after just four weekends on release. It has grossed more than $38m in France, $8.6m in Germany, $3.7m in Italy and nearly $5m in Spain.
France served up a second international hit this weekend with new entry The Maiden And The Wolves. The Epithete Films production took more than $1.5m at the weekend on 417 screens in Belgium and France. The drama, directed by Gilles Legrand (Malabar Princess), enjoyed a $3,678 screen average.
Chinese-language film CJ7 stayed well within the top 15 this weekend, despite falling 56% with a $5.1m weekend take. Stephen Chow's sci-fi comedy played on 830 screens in eight territories and is fast approaching the $40m mark after three weekends on release.
Basketball sensation Kung Fu Dunk also remains in the chart, just falling out of the top 20 with a near $3.4m take on 1,031 screens. The film, distributed through Emperor Motion Pictures, dropped 51% in its second weekend but has taken a solid $17.3m to date.
Polish comedy Lejdis enjoyed the highest screen average of the weekend, taking nearly $2m from 160 screens for a whopping $12,273 screen average. The film, distributed through ITI Cinema, has only opened in its home territory and is closing in on the $10m mark after three weekends on release.
Meanwhile, Working Title's production Definitely, Maybe was up a mammoth 102% thanks to a $1.3m opening in Australia. The romantic comedy, distributed through Universal Pictures International (UPI) in conjunction with United International Pictures (UIP) played on 573 screens for a $4,785 screen average. It has generated more than $5.5m to date.
Two additional Working Title productions dotted the bottom of the chart with Atonement taking $1.7m in its 24th weekend and Elizabeth: The Golden Age reappearing with a $1.4m take after opening in Japan and Brazil. Atonement boasts a $66.2m international tally while Elizabeth crossed the $50m mark this weekend.