The start of the blockbuster season is almost upon us and with one week to go before Paramount Pictures International (PPI) unleashes Marvel's Iron Man around the globe, the release schedule is predictably subdued.

Universal's comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall gets a push this weekend with eight launches through UPI including Russia on April 24 and the UK on April 25.

Executives hope the romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe will charm Brazil on April 25 and boost the $17.4m tally, while the screwball comedy Leatherheads opens in France on April 23.

Fox International's children's tale Horton Hears A Who stands at $120.4m and still has South Korea to come on May 1 followed by Japan in July.

The romantic comedy 27 Dresses opens in France on April 23 and stands at $68.5m. Road movie The Darjeeling Limited pulls into India this weekend and will seek to improve its $19.4m international running total.

The thriller Deception opens day-and-date with North America in Australia, the home country of star and producer Hugh Jackman. The film opens on April 24.

Comedy Meet The Spartans has amassed $39.6m and launches in Italy on April 25, while the police drama Street Kings, currently on $13.3m, opens in Spain on the same day.

Paramount's war drama Stop-Loss lands in the UK through PPI on April 25. Fantasy tale The Spiderwick Chronicles touches down in Japan on April 26 and stands at $76.1m.

Warner Bros Pictures International's prehistoric epic 10,000 BC has grossed $162.2m and opens in Japan on April 26. Drama The Bucket List stands at $63.6m and Tim Burton's musical adaptation Sweeney Todd has reached $99.2m.

It will be fascinating to see what Japanese audiences make of There Will Be Blood when Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International (WDSMPI) opens the oilman saga there on April 26. The film has grossed $34.4m to date.

WDSMPI's German pick-up Sommer heads into its second weekend in Germany and Austria after launching at number one in both territories and the comedy has taken $2.5m.

Latest figures put The Game Plan on $50.7m, Enchanted on $211m and National Treasure 2 on $236.5m.

Sony Pictures Releasing International's card counting drama 21 opens in a couple of small markets and stands at $24m. The assassination thriller Vantage Point has earned $75.8m to date.

The overseas running total for New Line International's The Golden Compass now stands at $292.4m.