DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa will seek to hold on to its crown this weekend against expected challenges from Fox's Australia and Sony's Seven Pounds, which gets a significant push over the next few days.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa has amassed $348.6m through PPI and will rumble towards $375m through holdover business and the South Korean debut on January 8.

Fox International's Australia is racing towards $100m and will look to debuts in Argentina and Hong Kong on January 8 as well as solid holdovers to boost the $89.5m running total.

This is a key weekend for Sony Pictures Releasing International's Will Smith release Seven Pounds, which has underperformed in North America and needs to pick up the slack with decent performances overseas.

The drama has taken $3.7m from Brazil and Singapore thus far and opens this weekend in Australia on 250 screens on January 8, Germany on 450 on January 8 and Italy and Mexico on January 9 on 600 and 300, respectively.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International's Wall-E passed $300m early this week and has no major release left to go, however executives expect another solid weekend for the Adam Sandler comedy Bedtime Stories, which has notched up an early $47.6m. There are no debuts for Sandler this weekend but that shouldn't prevent the film from surging past $60m. Similarly Disney's animated feature Bolt on $68.8m can rely on holdovers to push it comfortably past $75m.

Fox International's sci-fi remake The Day The Earth Stood Still has reached $131.6m and launches in Brazil on January 9. Meanwhile the comedy Bride Wars starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway opens day-and-date with North America in the UK on January 9 and two smaller territories. Fox International chiefs are also looking to local Brazilian title Grilo Feliz Eos Insectos to deliver the goods when it opens in Brazil on January 9.

Summit International's vampire hit Twilight will cross $100m this weekend and sinks its teeth into France, French-Speaking Switzerland, Norway and Poland over the next few days. Also new from Summit International are the comedy Sex Drive in the UK and Argentina, the action tale Red Cliff - Part II in Singapore, comedy Disaster Movie in Japan and comedy Happy-Go-Lucky in Brazil.

Universal's animated release The Tale Of Despereaux has grossed $13.6m from the early stages of its run and arrives in Australia and New Zealand through UPI on January 8.

Period mystery Changeling on $36.9m opens in nine including Brazil and Sweden on January 9. The comedy Role Models launches in three including the UK on Jan 9, while the Cha Cha Cha production Rudo Y Cursi, which has wasted little time becoming one of the top 20 Mexican releases of all time, opens in Argentina on January 8.

Warner Bros Pictures International's Jim Carrey comedy Yes Man has reached $37.8m and launches in Italy on January 9, while drama The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is gearing up for a period of intense activity in late January and February and stands at $7m so far. The romance Nights In Rodanthe has grossed $41.2m and terrorism thriller Body Of Lies has taken $72.1m.

New Line International's fantasy adventure Inkheart has grossed $16.2m while comedy Four Christmases stands at $38.6m. Latest figures put family adventure Journey 3D on $116.6m, police drama Pride And Glory on $10.7m and the western Appaloosa on $6.2m.

Sony Pictures Releasing International's Quantum Of Solace stands at $382.6m and opens in Japan on January 24.