Universal Pictures/EndymionFilms' Ned Kelly held off openersBringing Down The House, Dreamcatcher and What A Girl Wants toremain number one in Australia for the second weekend in a row, adding $889,000from 252 theatres for a $2.9m running total after 11 days.

The biopic, which starsHeath Ledger, Naomi Watts and Geoffrey Rush, fell 43% from last weekend, whenit scored $460,000 - the third highest opening day ever for an Australian film(Screendaily, Mar 28).

Ned Kelly is due to open in New Zealand on Jul 24 and the restof the world starting in September.

Elsewhere, 8 Mile grossed $815,000 in 675 international sites to raiseits cumulative total to $107.9m. Highlights so far include France, where thedrama has grossed $12.3m in seven weeks, and $6.6m from four weeks in Italy,where it is playing in 123 theatres.

The picture has two marketsto go: Venezuela on May 14 and Japan on May 24.

The Life of David Gale raised its international total to $8.5m and hastaken $3.6m in the UK and $1.7m in Germany, both after four weeks. Nextscheduled openings are France and Belgium on Apr 23.

The Pianist grossed $153,000 in 53 theatres in Australia,dropping 31% in its fifth week and holding at number 10 for a $1.4m total.

In its fifth week the Oscarwinning drama finished eighth in New Zealand on $45,000 in seven sites, fallingonly 7% for a $255,000 total.

Universal opened the NewYork-set, drug-themed action drama Empire at number nine in Spain, grossing $130,000 in 100 venues. In Mexico thepicture has grossed $467,000 in seven weeks.