Fox film dominates foreign box office again

International auds continued to flock to Hollywood’s big holiday titles, even as 2007 got into full swing.

Fox’s “Night at the Museum” ruled the B.O. abroad once again in the most recent frame. Pic — which has been a hit domestically, managing to hold onto the No. 1 spot at the B.O. for three straight frames — raked in another $30.3 million from 38 territories abroad.

Cume for the Fox film, which stars Ben Stiller as a night watchman at a museum with some supernatural exhibits, stands at $119 million overseas.

Biz was robust for other pics that could not match “Museum’s” draw, however: “Casino Royale,” “Eragon,” “Happy Feet” and “The Holiday” — all topped $12 million.

And “Casino,” at $99.87 million in the U.K. approached a mark only two other pics have managed: “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” are the sole $100 million makers in Blighty.

“Museum” is one film both domestic and international auds are embracing simultaneously as a worldwide phenomenon; the rest of the top five abroad have been winding down their U.S. biz.

“Museum’s” best foreign numbers came thanks to its soph seshes in the U.K. and Germany.

Pic collected another $5.7 million in Blighty booty, raising its cume to $26.86 million there after two weekends of release. “Museum” managed to hold the No. 1 slot handily, with Momentum’s “Miss Potter” following behind at $2.7 million in 338 engagements.

Mel Gibson’s “Apocalypto,” being distribbed in the U.K. by the helmer’s Icon brand, bowed in third place. Pic had been No. 1 in its December domestic bow.

Subtitled, ultraviolent epic stabbed $2.6 million in its U.K. debut, playing 385 engagements, for an average of $6,813.

In Germany, “Museum” was able to beat out “Deja Vu,” which has also been playing there for two frames. “Museum” grabbed nearly $5 million from its soph Teutonic sesh, raising its total to about $14 million.

“Deja’s” take over the frame was $2.3 million. Pic, starring Denzel Washington as a cop who goes back in time to prevent a crime, has recalled just over $7 million in German ticket sales.

But such key Western Euro markets weren’t the only hot spots for “Museum.” In it’s second frame in Russia, pic more than doubled its opening gross, up $3.7 million at 456. And in Asian play, “Museum” remained in first in its third South Korean frame, with $2.5 million at 344 for a $20.2 million cume.

Aussie take was also sunny: Pic was off just 13% to $2.7 million at 363. And Mexican biz was down 9% to $2 million at 876.

Spinning into second sesh after a commanding run at No. 1 before “Museum” came on the scene, Sony’s James Bond pic “Casino Royale” still remained a solid player in 2007, finishing No. 2 over the latest frame.

Pic shot to $18.5 million from biz in 60 territories, earning a No. 1 finish in Italy — where the newest Bond bowed to $4.2 million, off 407, for a socko per engagement average of $10,352. But Gibson’s “Apocalypto” was hot on Bond’s tail in the territory: Pic played to $3.25 million for a per screen average of $10,284.

“Casino” has hit $371 million overseas, making the pic the 24th-highest earner abroad. Worldwide take is $531 million. With Daniel Craig playing a new, blond Bond, pic has shot up better than $100 million more than the previous best 007 pic, “Die Another Day.”

“Casino’s” strength has been anchored, predictably, in the U.K. In its eighth frame in Blighty, Bond slipped slightly, to $2 million at 360, to bring its cume to $99.8 million.

Fox’s fantasy adaptation, “Eragon,” remained a high foreign flyer overseas, though it has been dropping in the U.S. after its initial solid bow. Pic flew to $15.9 million from 55 territories and raised its cume to $138.7 million.

Third French frame came in at $3.8 million at 759, and a fourth German weekend added $1.4 million at 792. The family-friendly actioner has totaled $139.3 million overseas — more than double its Stateside cume — for a worldwide cume of $206 million.

Foreign family auds, meantime, kept Warner Bros.’ “Happy Feet” kicking with $13.4 million at 5,600 in 59 markets, led by its second Aussie weekend, with $3.3 million at 403, off 36%, and its fifth U.K. frame, with $2 million at 474. Although “Feet” hasn’t posted sensational overseas figures on par with its domestic perf, its foreign total has hit $141.1 million and its worldwide take is $326 million.

The frame also represented the first weekend for the new foreign distribution operations for Paramount and Universal following the dissolution of most of their two-decade UIP partnership.

U continued to see solid returns for “The Holiday” with $12 million at 3,188 in 43 territories, pushing the international total to $91 million and its worldwide cume to $150 million. Romantic comedy saw its top numbers in Germany, where its fourth frame rose 3% to $2.1 million at 519; in France, where its soph sesh slid 24% to $1.8 million at 414; and in its second Oz frame, with $1.6 million at 225, down 21%.

Also, Clint Eastwood’s “Letters From Iwo Jima” continued its strong performance in Japan. In its fifth frame, “Letters” improved by 44%, scoring $2 million at 322 in Japan, good for first place there; its cume in the territory is $30.3 million.

Warner saw mild results from its Spanish launch of Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers” with $732,000 at 164. “Flags” has cumed $25 million overseas, with more than half coming from Japan; it has yet to open in Germany, Mexico, Brazil and Russia.

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