Fox's Ice Age is expected to pass $200m by the end of November after a $142,800 weekend haul raised its international cumulative total to $198.8m. The animated picture will get a boost once it resumes its run in China following a nationwide blackout on foreign pictures declared by the government on Oct 21. The picture is yet to open in Beijing. Further assistance is likely to come in the form of re-evaluated figures from France, where actual revenue from ticket sales was slightly underestimated.
Elsewhere for Fox, Minority Report raised it running total to $173.2m but is starting to wind down after a strong run, One Hour Photo increased its cumulative score to $13.3m and Road To Perdition swelled to $62.3m. The gangster picture grossed $1.27m over the weekend and in a trio of openings took $240,265 from 37 screens in Greece, $218,870 from 52 in Turkey and $66, 952 from 17 in Hungary.
Talk To Her (Hable Con Ella) sprinkled more box office magic over South America, starting with the highest ever opening for a Pedro Almodovar picture in Mexico with $181,366 from 100 screens. In its second week in Brazil the comedy-drama took $113,863 on 64 screens, the best ever second week for an Almodovar picture. Opening in Venezuela, Talk To Her grossed $25,865 from 12 screens and notched up another best ever territory bow for the film-maker.
The Jason Statham-action vehicle The Transporter opened at number one in Taiwan on $223,511 from 73 screens and also opened in The Philippines with $103,652 from 39 screens. Finally 28 Days Later fell 19% in the UK after last week's table-topping bow; the apocalyptic thriller grossed $1.66m on 318 screens for a ten-day $5.17m cumulative score.