The sci-fi horror dominated the UK with a mighty $21.8m (£10.9m) haul from 438 sites that included previews and grabbed almost half of the market share of the top five films.
Elsewhere the film took $1.9m (DKK 10.1m) from 46 prints in Denmark, $1.1m (NOK 6.3m) from 25 in Norway, $821,000 (Eu571,000) from 64 in Portugal, $478,000 (ZAR3.3m) from 65 in South Africa and $237,000 (NIS 920,000) in Israel. All were number one releases.
In the second weekend I Am Legend held on to top spot in France thanks to a robust $7.1m (Eu4.9m) weekend on 623 prints that elevated the running total to $17m (Eu11.8m). The film added $3m (Eu2.1m) in Spain from 446 for $12.6m (Eu8.7m). The film held on to the number one berth in Japan for the third consecutive weekend as $2.2m (¥259m) from 424 updated the score to $21.2m (¥2.4bn).
WBPI's Beowulf grossed $1.3m from approximately 1,400 prints in 51 markets for $107.5m and stands at $14.7m after seven weekends in the UK, $8.6m after six in Russia and a $7.1m completed run in South Korea. The comedy Fred Claus grossed $864,000 from more than 1,110 prints in 28 markets for $25m.
The Golden Compass is days away from crossing $200m at the overseas box office following an estimated $34m estimated haul in its third weekend through New Line International.
In stark contrast to the fantasy adventure's dismal domestic performance the international run has been solid and The Golden Compass stands at $187m.
The biggest driver of the weekend was Australia, where the film launched on $5m from 377 screens over five days. Latest figures put it on $41m in the UK, $18m in France and $17.5m in Germany.
Alien Vs. Predator 2 grossed $15.9m from 1,777 theatres in 20 launching territories through Fox International buoyed by a muscular $4.8m German debut on 553 screens that may have ranked number one.
The action horror film opened on $2.4m in Japan on 392 and took an extraordinary $1.2m in Malaysia on 125 screens that produced Fox International's biggest result and the industry's fourth biggest launch. Thailand generated an excellent result on $1.2m from 150.
Alvin And The Chipmunks added $13.6m from 3,608 in 39 territories to raise its cumulative tally to $37.8m. The family film produced two unremarkable debuts in South Africa and Taiwan, taking $220,000 from the former, as the bulk of business came from strong holds.
In its second weekend the film grossed $2.7m from 380 in the UK for $7.4m, $1.9m from 385 theatres in France for $2.2m and the same amount in Germany from 477 for $4.1m.
Alvin grossed $1.6m from 345 screens in the second weekend in Spain for $4.2m and $1.4m from 61 in Mexico for $4.6m.
Hitman made off with $2m from 1,502 international screens in 33 territories for $45m while The Darjeeling Limited raised its total by $977,000 from 122 to $4.1m.
Russian pick-up Ironiya Sudby 2 (Irony Of Fate) continues to tear through its native land and added $5.2m from 905 in the second weekend for $17.5m. Lions For Lambs grossed $1.4m in its second weekend in Italy where it now stands at $3.6m. Overall the film has grossed $36.2m.
DreamWorks-Paramount's Bee Movie crossed $100m thanks to a $13.5m haul from 4,904 sites in 59 territories through PPI that raised the tally to $103m.
The animated family title added $2.1m from 453 screens in the UK for $11.4m, $1.6m from 342 sites in Italy for $5.1m and $1.3m from 255 sites in Australia for and $10.1m. Germany has produced $5.7m and France $6.6m.
PPI opened No Country for Old Men in Australia on $1m from 51 sites including previews. The Kite Runner launched in the UK on $900,0000 from 130 venues. Things We Lost In The Fire launched in Mexico on $132,000 from 150 screens.
Universal's crime drama American Gangster grossed an estimated $6.6m from 1,935 venues in 25 territories through UPI for $62.6m.
The film generated $3.3m from 439 sites in Spain and $1.2m from 220 in South Korea. There are 17 territories to go.
Atonement added $3m from 294 sites in 11 territories for $36m, powered by an outstanding Australian debut on $2.6m from 131 venues. There are 42 territories to go. Latest figures put Elizabeth: The Golden Age on $42.5m and Balls Of Fury on $1.3m.
Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) opened The Water Horse: Legend Of The Deep on $680,000 over three days from 400 prints in Mexico in fifth place. The film has grossed $1.5m over six days.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International had not returned calls at time of writing. The distributor was expected to announce latest tallies for National Treasure: Book Of Secrets and Enchanted.