The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 stands on the cusp of $450m following a third dominant weekend through Lionsgate International and has become the biggest of the five-film franchise outside North America.

The fantasy adventure brought in a further $48.8m from 11,800 screens in 73 territories to boost the tally to $447.8m and elevate the worldwide running total to $702m.

Latest tallies from the top 10 markets put the franchise climax on $49.9m in the UK, $41.6m in Brazil, $41.2m in CIS, $31.7m in France, $25.8m in Germany, $25.5m in Mexico, $25m in Australia, $22.3m in Italy, $22.2m in Spain and $14.5m in South Korea.

  • DreamWorks Animation’s Rise Of The Guardians is enjoying more success internationally than it is in North America. The seasonal offering brought in $40m through Paramount Pictures International from 8,708 cinemas in 55 countries after launching top in approximately 20 of its 46 new territories.

The running total stands at $57m and looks odds-on to become at least a $100m run. France was the best of the new class on $4.7m from 620 locations, while Mexico generated $3.7m from 577.

Brazil produced $3.1m from 397, Italy $3.1m from 510 and the UK $3m from 487, $2.7m in South Korea from 471, $1.6m in Germany from 560 and $1.4m in Spain from 616. Chile generated $425,000 from 113 for DreamWorks Animations’ biggest non-franchise launch.

  • Sony, MGM and Eon’s global smash Skyfall grossed $34m through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) and MGM licensees as the thriller reached $623m. Approximately $32m came from SPRI, which to date has generated $539.3m, while MGM territories have accounted for $83.2m.

Skyfall has amassed $150.2m in the UK in six weekends to rank as the second biggest release in history just behind Avatar.

The James Bond escapade arrived top in Japan on $5.9m from 587 and debuted at number one in South Africa on $800,000 from 128.

The biggest weekend haul came from Australia, where $7.9m from 585 boosted the running total to $25.7m.

Hotel Transylvania added $3.5m from 3,065 in 57 for $152.8m. The animation arrived in Venezuela on $675,000 from 105.

  • Fox International’s Life Of Pi grossed $21.5m from 5,678 screens in 11 markets to reach a highly promising $61.1m after two weekends.

The biggest holdover was China, where $11,000 from 3,800 screens boosted the tally to $38.5m. The fantasy adventure also soared in director Ang Lee’s homeland of Taiwan, adding $2.7m from 165 for $5.9m.

Life Of Pi opened top in Spain on $2.4m from 635 and also scored number one debuts in Singapore and Malaysia on $1.1m from 64 and $978,000 from 175, respectively. India has generated $7.3m after two weekends after the film brought in $1.8m from 511.

  • Warner Bros Pictures International reported that Argo grossed $4.1m from more than 2,100 screens in 49 markets to reach an early $56m.

The hostage drama stands at $10.1m in Australia after six sessions, $7.6m in France after four, $7.2m in the UK after four, $4m in Spain after six, $3.7m in Japan after six and $3.3m in Italy after four.

  • Wreck-It Ralph added $1.5m from 21 territories through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International as the tally climbed to an early $44m.
  • Universal Pictures International reported that Pitch Perfect has reached $4.9m, The Man With The Iron Fists $1.7m, Anna Karenina $11.5m, The Bourne Legacy $162.8m including Japan and Ted $283m internationally and $501.7m worldwide.
  • Ben Wheatley’s dark comedy Sightseers opened in the UK through StudioCanal and grossed $339,000 including previews. End Of Watch has reached $2.2m.