The Chronicles Of Narnia extended its international supremacy to a fifth consecutiveweekend as it added an estimated $13.3m through Buena Vista International (BVI)to raise the running total to $342.6m.
Boasting a worldwide total just shy of $614m, Narnia currently ranks as the 27th biggest filmof all time after it overtook The Passion Of The Christ's $611m total.
The weekend gross from 7,067 screens in 48 territories elevatesthe children's epic to number 30 in the all-time international pantheon,surpassing Star Wars: Episode II's $338.7m tally.
Narniais expected to overtake Armageddon's $355m international gross next weekend to become BVI's biggestever live-action release.
Weekend business was powered by a $1.7m UK haul that raises thecumulative total there to $73.1m after seven weekends. The picture is expectedto overtake Toy Story 2soon to become BVI's biggest ever release in the territory.
Narniaadded $1.8m in France for $31.6m, and $1.1m in Australia for $26m.
Chicken Little added $2m for a $117.7m international running totaland BVI chiefs are predicting a big week ahead as the animated title launchesin seven territories including Germany and South Korea.
Buoyed by six BAFTA nominations, Memoirs of A Geisha added $1.9m on 241 screens in its secondweekend in the UK for a $5.4m running total.
That picture, which Spyglass has licensed to various distributors,amassed approximately $10.3m over the weekend, raising the total through alldistributors to $34m.
Geishaopened number one in Spain, Singapore and Malaysia through Sony PicturesReleasing International (SPRI) on $2.5m on 208 prints, $550,000 on 36, and$255,000 on 33 respectively.
SPRI territories generated $3.8m from 51 prints in 10 territoriesfor an early $7m cumulative total. SPRI chiefs anticipate strong holds in allterritories, especially the Asian ones as Chinese New Year approaches.
SPRI's biggest title of the weekend was Fun With Dick And Jane, which added $8.6m on 2,165 screens in31 territories for $28.7m.
The result was fuelled by a number one UK opening of $3.5m on 430screens. Brazil also opened top on $830,000 on 180, as did New Zealand on240,000 on 51.
In its second weekend in Mexico, the comedy remake stayed top on$1.3m on 418 screens for $4.3m. Germany produced $1m in its third weekend for$5.6m, and Australia remains the biggest grossing territory so far on $400,000in its fifth weekend for $8.1m.
Fun With Dick And Jane opens in Italy and Sweden this week, with Spain, France and Russiafollowing in February.
Underworld: Evolution opened in Australia day-and-date with the runaway number oneNorth American debut, producing $1.5m on 158 prints for second place. Theresult is 8% bigger than the launch of Underworld in the same weekend in 2004.
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire added $4.1m on more than 3,600 screensin 56 markets through Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) for astaggering $589.5m international running total.
WBPI holds all German-speaking rights to Memoirs Of A Geisha and launched it in Germany on $1.3mincluding previews from 206 prints. The picture grossed $162,500 from 27 inAustria, where it was expected to rank second.
Paramount's Get Rich Or Die Tryin' opened through UIP in the UK on $1.5m in250 sites, in Australia on $700,000 in 115, and in New Zealand on $100,000 in37.
Germany added $700,000 for $2.5m and the picture's earlyinternational running total stands at $4.8m. Paramount's action romp AeonFlux stands at $4.6mthrough UIP.
Fox International's CheaperBy The Dozen 2 raised itsinternational running total to $32m, while The Family Stone added $1.5m for $25.8m. That picture has amassed$3.7m in Spain and $2.9m in Australia. Italy opened on $273,000 on 104 screens.
The distributor holds exclusive rights to Brokeback Mountain in Taiwan and launched it there in firstplace on $638,000 on 95 screens.
Brazilian local language hit Se Eu Fosse Voce stayed top in its native country for thethird consecutive weekend on $803,000 for a superb $5.3m running total.
Shopgirl opened in the UK on $97,000 on 60 screensbringing its total to $709,000 through all its markets to date.