In particular, the close contest between Fox International's sci-fi romp Jumper and Sony Pictures Releasing International's (SPRI) thriller Vantage Point has been a talking point and the action zeroes in on Japan this weekend.
Jumper has been the leading Hollywood film of the past several weeks and Fox International executives will look to a strong launch on Mar 7 to propel the film from its current $85.2m standing towards the significant $100m mark.
Vantage Point is expected to push Jumper all the way following a robust outing through SPRI last weekend that has put it on an early $17.5m cumulative tally. The film launches in Japan on Mar 8 and may hold the trump card this weekend thanks to a UK launch on Mar 7 that is expected to prosper.
But Warner Bros Pictures International's 10,000 B.C. could prove to be the biggest threat this weekend as it begins its international rollout. The prehistoric epic opens day-and-date in Germany, Australia, Brazil, India, Spain, Turkey and Argentina. It took $300,000 in its first day in Germany and $342,000 in its first day in Australia.
Fox International's romantic comedy 27 Dresses stands at $34.8m and opens in South Korea this weekend.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International's (WDSMPI) There Will Be Blood has been a sturdy performer in recent weeks and stands at $19.6m. The drama will cross $20m over the next few days thanks to decent holdover business and goes out in South Korea on Mar 7.
National Treasure 2 stands at $220m and is expected to finish on more than $230m with the anticipated Chinese debut set for Mar 17.
WDSMPI's family title The Game Plan starring Dwayne Johnson (aka The
Rock) opens in the UK on Mar 7 and has grossed $26.2m.
Latest figures from Warner Bros Pictures International put The Bucket List, which opens in Russia on Mar 6, on $41.8m while Sweeney Todd has taken $89.5m and I Am Legend stands at $326.7m.
Untraceable opens through UPI in France, Switzerland and French-speaking Switzerland on Mar 5 and has grossed $1.7m through UPI markets. The Other Boleyn Girl opens in eight territories including Germany, Russia, Switzerland and Germany-speaking Switzerland on Mar 6 and the UK on Mar 7 and stands at $2.2m.
No Country For Old Men opens in seven smaller markets through PPI including Argentina on Mar 6 and has amassed $52.8m.
The Kite Runner arrives in seven new territories including Spain on Mar 7 and Taiwan on Mar 8 and stands at $26.9m while The Spiderwick Chronicles launches in three including Mexico on Mar 7 and has grossed $4.4m.
The Golden Compass has amassed $266.9m through the moribund New Line