Saw IV is expected to cast a ghoulish shadow over the international box office arena this weekend as it opens day-and-date with North America in Spain and Latin America.

The fourth episode in the celebrated horror franchise opens in the key territories of Spain, Mexico and Brazil on Oct 26.

Saw IV stands a good chance of knocking Ratatouille off its perch. The Pixar film has grossed $322m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

Fox International's family adventure Seeker: The Dark Is Rising stands at $7.7m and launches in 16 territories including Russia and Singapore on Oct 25.

Die Hard 4.0 kicks off in Italy on Oct 26 and has amassed $238.9m, while Daywatch has taken $37.8m through all distributors and opens in Brazil on Oct 26. 28 Weeks Later stands at $35.2m.

Paramount's fantasy adventure Stardust should sweep past $50m this weekend after it launches in seven territories.

The film stands at $47.3m and opens through PPI in France on Oct 24, Spain on Oct 26, and Japan on Oct 27. PPI also releases the horror film 1408 in Mexico on Oct 26.

Universal's The Kingdom has grossed $16.9m to date and touches down in Switzerland and German-speaking Switzerland through UPI on Oct 25, followed by Mexico on Oct 26.

Joe Wright's epic family saga Atonement stands at $23.7m and opens in three new territories, while Shekhar Kapur's historical drama Elizabeth: The Golden Age arrives in Italy on Oct 26

Warner Bros Pictures International's (WBPI) revenge drama The Brave One has taken $25m so far and debuts in Japan on Oct 27.

Latest figures put Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix on $646m, License To Wed on $26.4m, and No Reservations on $47.1m.

Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) executives will be hoping Surf's Up catches a wave in Brazil on Oct 26. The animated feature has grossed $59.1m so far.

Resident Evil: Extinction stands at $19.6m through SPRI and $47.7m through all distributors, while the comedy Superbad has grossed $31.8m, and thriller Vacancy stands at $13.1m.

SPRI holds rights to the comedy Good Luck Chuck in several territories and launches it in Australia on Oct 25 and Taiwan on Oct 26.