Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End remained the undisputed box office champion for the third consecutive weekend as an estimated $51.3m raised the tally to $493.5m.

The high seas adventure is now Buena Vista International's third biggest release behind Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Finding Nemo, and ranks as the 15th biggest international release overall.

The $747.1m global gross places At World's End at number 23 in the all-time pantheon. There were number one holds in most of the territories where Ocean's Thirteen and Shrek The Third didn't get a foothold this weekend.

Among the highlights were a $9m weekend haul in Japan, a $60m running total in the UK, and $30.7m and $29m to date in South Korea and Russia, where the third pirate instalment is biggest film ever released.

At World's End has overtaken the final total of its predecessor in 16 territories including Russia, South Korea Mexico, Brazil, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Opening day-and-date with North America, Warner Bros Pictures International's (WBPI) Ocean's Thirteen grossed $28m and 4.1million admissions from more than 4,200 prints in 30 markets.

The crime caper opened top in the UK on $6.1m from 699 prints, Spain on $3.4m from 487, Italy on $2.4m from 526, Taiwan on $826,000 from 85, and second in Germany behind At World's End on $4m including previews on 768.

Other number one releases included Greece on $1.1m from 118 prints, Austria on $790,000 from 111, and Turkey on $727,000 from 114.

Meanwhile Zodiac raised its running total by $3.6m from more than 1,800 prints in 44 markets to $32.6m. The serial killer mystery opened in second place in Belgium on $208,000 including previews. Germany has produced $1.5m after two weekends, and after four the UK stands at $6.1m, France $7.8m, Spain $3.9m, and Australia $3m.

Shrek The Third was in bullish mood this weekend as it launched in a further 14 territories, taking $25m from 1,852 sites in 23 territories overall through Paramount/PPI for an early $54.5m tally.

The film excelled in South Korea, where audiences have been highly receptive to Hollywood blockbusters so far this summer, and produced the biggest launch for an animated film on $11.3m from 536 screens over five days, some 180% bigger than the launch of Madagascar.

Shrek The Third also opened top in Australia on $8.5m from 276 sites, and generated $1.3m in New Zealand, and $1.2m in Colombia. Results in the Middle East were impressive, as the green ogre produced record animated launches in UAE on $600,000 over four days, and Egypt on $50,000 over five.

Preliminary results indicate the film has amassed $1.8m after two weekends in Singapore, where it is also delivered a record launch for an animated release. Thailand stands at $547,000 after two. Shrek The Third opens in a further 13 territories this upcoming weekend including France, Mexico, Brazil, and Taiwan.

Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) reported a $7m weekend for Spider-Man 3 from 6,205 screens in 77 markets. The film now stands at $539m and will overtake Da Vinci Code's $539.7m this week to rank as the 11th biggest international release in history.

SPRI executives said the web-slinger ranks fifth in the UK on $66.1m, fifth in Japan on $54.3m, fourth in France on $52.9m, third in Mexico on $35m, fourth in Australia on $19.2m, second in Brazil on $23.7m, and fifth in Spain on $24.9m.

The animated penguin film Surf's Up opened number one in two territories day-and-date with North America and grossed $2.1m from 400 screens overall. It took $1.9m from 340 in Russia, and $175,000 from 60 in the Ukraine.

Hostel: Part II also launched day-and-date with North America in two, taking $465,000 from 140 screens. The horror sequel opened fifth in Australia on $310,000 from 100, and fourth in Argentina on $90,000 from 28.

Mr. Bean's Holiday grossed $750,000 from 1,200 venues in 35 territories for $182.4m through Universal/UPI. There are three more territories to release: China on Jul 27, South Korea in August and Japan in the autumn.

The Hitcher, which Universal/UPI is distributing in the UK and Spain, added $162,000 from 216 sites in the UK, where it ranks eighth on $865,000. It opens in Spain on Aug 3.

Hot Fuzz opened in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and Poland and remains active in seven other territories. The comedy stands at $50.1m and opens in Germany and Switzerland on Jun 14.