Action sequel Crank: High Voltage was the highest new entry in Screen International’s chart this week at number four.

The Jason Statham vehicle electrified audiences in 12 territories alongside North America, including the UK, Russia and Germany where the film took the top spot with $3.1m from 405 screens. Its opening there was a massive 267% boost over the 2006 original’s performance, but the UK market stayed more or less level at $810,000 from 319. Overall the film grossed more than $9m from 1,442 screens, averaging $6,300 a screen (see review, p23).

Political thriller State Of Play (currently number two in the North American chart) began its international campaign in four markets, including Spain where it debuted in the top spot. Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck and Helen Mirren star in the big-screen adaptation of the BBC TV mini-series, and the film took $2m from 386 screens, mostly from Spain. After opening in the UK this weekend, and Italy and South Korea on April 30, State Of Play will continue to roll out internationally through May and June.

French spy spoof OSS 177: Rio Ne Repond Plus, charted one place behind Crank: High Voltage, earning $8.7m from 627 screens in France, Belgium and French-speaking Switzerland. The comedy, which stars Jean Dujardin, is a follow up to OSS 117: Cairo, Nest Of Spies, which opened on the same weekend in 2006, and took a total of $18.9m across its worldwide run.

Debuting at number one in the Japanese chart, Toho’s Detective Conan: The Raven Chaser came sixth in Screen’s chart. The 13th instalment in the anime series, the film played on 341 screens and took $6m, 28% up on the series’ previous best opening. It also earned the film the highest screen average of the week, with $17,600. The last three films in the franchise have all grossed more than $20m locally, with 2006’s Detective Conan: The Private Eye’s Requiem leading the pack on $26.1m.

 (Last 3-day   
 week)Film (origin)gross $ScrsCume $Terr
1(1)Fast & Furious (US)$34,654,3756,361$143,811,97557
2(2)Monsters Vs Aliens (US)$18,494,0956,782$126,833,71854
3(3)Knowing (US-Aus)$10,005,0703,221$58,164,78728
4NewCrank: High Voltage (US)$9,015,1341,442$9,107,93812
5NewOSS 117: Rio Ne Repond Plus (Fr)$8,737,182627$8,737,1823
6NewDetective Conan: The Raven Chaser (Jap)$6,003,916341$6,003,9161
7(5)Red Cliff: Part II (Ch)$5,726,040728$84,927,4441
8(6)Slumdog Millionaire (UK)$5,637,1732,643$207,690,56245
9(10)Race To Witch Mountain (US)$5,628,4812,496$24,523,75628
10(7)17 Again (US)$5,152,691818$18,374,2159
11(4)Dragonball Evolution (US)$3,734,5984,200$43,916,50840
12(9)Gran Torino (US)$3,627,8601,983$100,649,70337
13(8)Crows Zero 2 (Jap)$3,468,699314$13,415,9531
14(11)Safari (Fr)$2,890,406597$13,766,5123
15(16)The Boat That Rocked (UK-Fr-US)$2,859,1481,622$11,926,00613
16NewIn The Electric Mist (Fr)$2,384,018225$2,384,0182
17(15)Paul Blart: Mall Cop (US)$2,310,6321,288$28,700,22417
18(13)Marley & Me (US)$2,034,3601,562$96,053,02117
19NewState Of Play (US)$1,984,517386$1,984,5174
20(14)Duplicity (US)$1,908,5151,218$24,523,11824
21(22)La Premiere Etoile (Fr)$1,865,554360$11,033,6442
22NewCrayon Shin-chan … (Jap)$1,689,495323$1,689,4951
23(12)Taras Bulba (Rus)$1,680,448653$16,136,9342
24NewI Love You, Man (US)$1,653,563370$1,695,9352
25(20)Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea (Jap)$1,520,250305$181,546,7034
26(43)The Haunting In Connecticut (US)$1,346,032728$6,796,5354
27(21)The Reader (US-Ger)$1,312,5061,021$53,607,41527
28(19)Bank Error In Your Favour (Fr)$1,287,853399$4,030,6911
29(18)Private Eye (S Kor)$1,157,119305$7,580,8371
30(23)He’s Just Not That Into You (US)$1,148,026726$67,822,84919
31(17)Confessions Of A Shopaholic (US)$1,082,222973$54,962,87522
32NewUna Questione Di Cuore (It)$1,072,371264$1,072,3711
33*I Saw The Sun (Tur)$949,909337$11,669,6954
34*District 13: Ultimatum (Fr)$944,346239$11,587,8462
35NewOppei Volleyball (Jap)$845,736251$845,7361
36*Last Chance Harvey (US)$798,911247$7,089,6477
37NewWhat Just Happened? (US)$776,601293$2,982,9882
38(24)Coco Before Chanel (Fr)$740,526450$27,673,6383
39(29)The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Swe-Ger)$726,808293$32,305,3834
40(28)Drop (Jap)$726,009163$16,287,8941
*Re-entry (c) Screen International, compiled by Leonard Klady