Turkish film Recep Ivedik was the surprise big-hitter in the international arena this weekend, generating $5.1m from just 230 screens in its home territory and catapulting it into the top 10.

The top 40 films generated $166m from 48,087 screens from the period of February 22-24.

For the full international chart, compiled by Len Klady, click here.

Recep Ivedik boasted the highest screen average by a long way at $23,170 per screen and marks the biggest opening for a Turkish film this year. The comedy, distributed through Ozen Film, is directed by Togan Gokbakar and stars his older brother Sahan. The pair had moderate local success in 2006 with their thriller Gen, which enjoyed a rather temperate $206,849 weekend opening in its home territory.

Two French titles were the only additional non-US titles in the top 10, led by Pathe Distribution's Asterix At The Olympics, which crossed the $100m mark at the weekend. The family film continues its solid performance despite dropping 32% with a $10.1m take. It played on 3,385 screens for a $2,980 screen average and has generated $108.1m after five weekends on release.

Studio Canal's new entry, Paris, enjoyed a $5.4m take, putting it at number nine. The romantic comedy starring Juliette Binoche had the second highest screen average at the weekend at $10,972 over 492 screens. It is directed by Cedric Klapisch, whose 2005 hit Russian Dolls took $23.4m worldwide.

Last weekend's star performer Jodhaa Akbar saw a 48% drop this weekend, with a $4.2m take from 15 territories. The Indian love story, distributed through UTV Communications, played on 1,044 screens for a $4,059 screen average. It has generated $16.2m after two weekends on release.

The fifth instalment of Die Wilden Kerle franchise proved to be a hit at German cinemas, taking $4.1m in its opening weekend and putting it a number one in the territory. The sporty family film written and directed by Joachim Masannek played on 851 screens for a $4,808 screen average at the weekend. And holdover title Keinohrhasen remains in the German top three and the international top 30, falling by just 26% in its tenth weekend with a $1.7m take. The romantic comedy boasts a $55.3m tally to date.

Russian film We Are From The Future fell just outside of the top 20 this weekend with a $3.1m take. The sci-fi adventure played on 515 screens for a $5,937 screen average. It is directed by Andrei Malyukov (The Storm Gate) and is released through Caroprokat.

Pathe Distribution's Be Kind Rewind opened in the UK at the weekend with a $2.7m take across 360 sites, putting it at number 23 on the international chart. The comedy starring Jack Black enjoyed a $7,450 screen average.

And Sony Pictures Releasing International's political thriller Vantage Point opened with a $1.8m take in six territories and opened to number one in Mexico. The film directed by Pete Travis played on 522 screens for a $3,430 screen average.

Korean holdover title The Chaser was up 23% this weekend, grossing $4.8m from 476 screens in its home territory. The thriller, released through Showbox, enjoyed a whopping $10,144 screen average and has generated more than $12m after just two weekends.

Another thriller, this time from Japan, also saw a weekend boost - L: Change The World was up 17% after a $1.1m opening in South Korea. It is distributed through Warner Bros and took $4.2m from 684 screens for a $6,178 screen average. It has generated $22.7m after three weekends on release.

Kung Fu Dunk, Japan's second international offering, was down 28% with a $1.1m take on 284 screens. The basketball tale, released through Toho, is closing in on the $10m mark after three weekends on release.

Elsewhere, Fox International's Jumper remains at the top for a second weekend running with a $21.7m take in 40 territories while Nu Image's Rambo was up 57% with a near $11m take after expanding in nine territories, including Australia, the UK and Italy, where it was number one with a $2.6m take.