James Bond dominated the international arena for a secondconsecutive weekend as Casino Royale added an estimated $66.2m from 6,600 prints in 50territories through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) to raise thetally to $128.2m.
The muscular performance (could it be any other way') produced thesixth biggest overseas weekend of the year and, combined with the $94m domesticgross, sets the film on course to cross the $432m record global tally for thefranchise set by Die Another Day.
007's latest incarnation has been a key driver in SPRI'srecord year, which currently stands at $1.39bn and beat the previous mark of$1.31bn set in 2002.
Casino Royale opened number one in every one of its 18 new territories andholds top ranking in at least 40 of its 50 active territories. The new releasesalone accounted for $40.4m, compared to $28m from the same territories for DieAnother Day.
The film opened in Germany on $12m from 1,180 prints, inFrance on $8.4m from 823, in Spain on $4m from 500, and in Switzerland on $3mfrom 161 in the third biggest opening in history.
Results in Scandinavia were impressive. Bond made off with $2.1min Sweden from 133 for the 10th biggest release ever (all comparisons in localcurrency); $2.5m in Denmark from 101 for the seventh; and $1.5m in Norway from98 for the eighth biggest in history, a new ranking also enjoyed in Finland.
Casino Royale took $1.8m in Holland from 133 for the 12th biggest opening; $1.6min Austria from 129; and $1.5m in Belgium from 95 for the 14th biggest releaseof all time.
The UK led the hold-overs and remains the biggest territory so farfollowing a 24% drop as the film added $16.6m from 991 prints for $53.6m. Itwill overtake Die Another Day's $57.3m net weekend to become the biggest release in US$ in thefranchise.
Fox International's Borat added $15m from 1,918 screens for $86m, fired up by anexcellent $4.5m number one debut in Australia on 192 screens.
The comedy added $1.3m in its second weekend in France from 269for $4m; $1m in it fourth in Germany from 411 for $10.9m; and $2.8m in itsfourth in the UK from 440 for $40.4m.
The Devil Wears Prada, which is winding down, raised its overseas tally by $2.5m to$180m.
Neither the sci-fi romance The Fountain nor the comedy Deck The Halls fared well in their first, albeit minor,international forays.
The Fountain took $200,000 from 90 screens in Brazil and Taiwan, while DeckThe Halls grossed$800,000 from 280 screens in a handful of territories. A Good Year added $1.7m from 2,936 screens for $16m.
The Departed raised its overseas running total by $7m from 2,100 prints in 42markets to $79.1m through Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) and InitialEntertainment Group.
The crime drama opened number one in all its new markets, led bySouth Korea on an excellent $1.7m from 180 prints. Greece generated a mighty$829,000 from 62, while Turkey produced $377,000 from 69.
Domestic champion Happy Feet took $3.4m from 750 prints in eight markets for $4.7m,opening top in all its new markets.
The animated feature grossed $838,000 from 311 in Brazil, $656,000from 46 in the Philippines, $208,000 from 61 in Thailand, and $198,000 from 80in Colombia.
The Prestige added $2.4m from approximately 1,170 prints in 22 markets for $22.4m. Flags Of Our Fathers added $946,000 from 800 in 11 for $19.2m.
Warner-distributed local title Death Note: The Last Name continued to reign supreme in Japan forthe fourth consecutive weekend as it added $2.6m from 334 for $32.8m.
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause added $3.7m from 1,000 screens in sixterritories for $5.8m through Buena Vista International (BVI).
The film opened in the UK on $2.7m, approximately 50% and 40%better than the first and second episodes. It added $680,000 in its secondweekend in Australia for $1.7m.
Deja Vu launchedin its first international territory of Mexico and delivered the goods, openingat number one on $1.1m from 400 screens.
Saw IIItook $5.6m through Lionsgate and BVI from 1,840 screens in 24 territories andstands at $42.2m overall. The weekend highlight is believed to be a secondplace debut in France.
Paramount's Jackass Number Two added $1.9m from 631 sites in 11territories through UIP for $8.8m. The comedy opened in the UK on $1.5m from351 screens.
Flushed Away added $1.2m for $8.4m powered by a $909,000 South Korea debut; Barnyard added $1.5m for $28.5m; Babel grossed $515,000 for $5.1m in Mexico inits third weekend; meanwhile World Trade Center has amassed $89.9m.
Universal's Miami Vice crossed $100m following a strong run in China, where thecrime thriller has grossed $3.7m in three weeks. The international tally hasreached $100.2m.
Sci-fi thriller Children Of Men added $1.4m from 950 sites in 25territories through UIP for $24m, powered by a $530,000 third place debut inMexico in 260 venues.
Seven Dwarfs 2 added $1.5m from 825 in Universal's four German-speaking marketsand stands at $28.6m. Dance drama Step Up, which Universal holds in five territories, added $950,000for a commendable $17m.
In its firstoverseas release Focus Features' Apartheid drama Catch A Fire opened in 10th place in Australia on$160,000 from 123 sites. You, Me And Dupree added $610,000 from 25 territories for$53.3m.