Months of hype and anticipation give way to actuality this weekend as Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) launches The Dark Knight on 4,400 screens in 20 territories day-and-date with North America.

The first results are in and if they are anything to go by the sequel to Batman Begins will eclipse everything in its path. WBPI took advantage of the final week of school winter holidays in Australia to launch the film on Wednesday [July 16] and in its first two days the film has amassed an estimated $4.6m. The result is 198% bigger than the first two days of Batman Begins.

Records look certain to tumble in several territories this weekend and The Dark Knight's other two major markets are Mexico and Brazil on July 18.

The studio's comedy Get Smart stands at $49m and opens in Germany on July 17.

Universal/UIP scored a hit with Mamma Mia! last weekend and the musical adaptation should vault from its $41.7m perch towards $70m with ten launches including Germany and German-speaking Switzerland on July 17 and Austria on July 17.

Meanwhile the action thriller Wanted has raced to $85.6m and will soar past $100m through anticipated launches in ten territories, among them France, Germany and French-speaking Switzerland on July 16.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army stands at $6.9m and opens in six including Italy on July 16 and Russia on July 17. The Incredible Hulk on $88.2m.opens in the Czech Republic and Slovakia on July 17, while Nim's Island lands in Mexico and Brazil on July 18.

Sony Pictures Releasing International's Hancock will make short work of crossing $200m by the end of today [July 18]. The superhero action film stands at $197.8m and opens in Spain on July 18 as well as Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Errol Morris' documentary Standard Operating Procedure arrives in the UK on July 18. Latest figures put SPRI's romantic comedy Made Of Honor on $52.1m and Adam Sandler comedy You Don't Mess With The Zohan on $25.4m.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International's (WDSMPI) Wall-E stands at $38.9m and is expected to score a big hit in the UK, where The Dark Knight doesn't open in conventional theatres until July 25. The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian has grossed $221.6m and opens in Portugal.

Paramount/PPI's Kung Fu Panda has amassed $238.9m and will rely on holdover business and a Scandinavian roll-out to push it towards $265m. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Lost Skull has amassed $444.2m.

New Line International's Sex And The City stands at $223.5m, while the comedy sequel Harold And Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay opens in Mexico. Journey 3D has grossed $5.1m since last weekend and opens in France, Mexico, Argentina, Taiwan, South Africa, and Turkey.

Fox International's Eddie Murphy comedy Meet Dave has taken $4.9m and opens in five including the UK on July 18. Meet The Spartans opens in France on July 16 and has taken $46m.