Thai actioner Chocolate - which opened at the top of the Thai box office this week - has been gobbled up by several international distributors including The Weinstein Company which has taken North American rights.

Produced and sold by Sahamongkolfilm International, the picture has also been sold to Showbox Media for the UK, Taewon Entertainment for South Korea, Intercontinental Films for Hong Kong, Innoform for Singapore, Medyavizyon for Turkey and Indo-Overseas for India.

The film took $183,000 from 121 screens on its opening night in Thailand on Wednesday (Feb 6), way ahead of Stephen Chow's CJ7 which opened in second place with $71,000 from 89 screens.

Directed by Prachya Pinkaew (Ong Bak), it stars newcomer Yanin Mitanan who has been described as the female version of Ong Bak star Tony Jaa. She plays a teenage autistic girl with superb martial arts skills which she learnt from television and video games. Japanese actor Hiroshi Abe also stars.