French comedy tops box office with $18 million

French comedy “Asterix at the Olympic Games” scored its second straight weekend victory at the foreign box office with $18 million from half a dozen markets, again topping edgy horror-thriller “Cloverfield.”

International audiences also showed solid support for Oscar fare, led by Fox’s “Juno,” with $8.7 million at 1,138 playdates, and “No Country for Old Men,” with $5.2 million at 1,317. And in its first foreign foray following Friday’s bow at the Berlin Film Festival, “There Will Be Blood” drew $706,000 at 93 in the U.K. and Australia.

Warner’s “Fool’s Gold” launched day-and-date in Australia — where it was shot — with a first-place $1.8 million, and Universal’s “Definitely, Maybe” opened in fifth in the U.K. with $1.4 million a week ahead of its Stateside debut.

“Asterix” took its top coin from its French soph sesh with $10.7 million, a $2.6 million Spanish launch and its second German frame with $2.3 million. International cume has hit $56 million.

Paramount’s “Cloverfield” cleared $12.8 million at 3,213, led by its $3.3 million French launch. International cume has hit $56.2 million midway through the foreign run, underlining the ongoing appeal of scare fare.

Disney’s “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” collected $10.2 million at 2,766, powered by its $4.9 million first-place Brit launch. “Secrets” has hit $183 million overseas, trailing the domestic cume by $27 million, with openings next weekend in France and China.

Warner’s sturdy “I Am Legend” banked $9 million at 3,400 thanks largely to an impressive Russian opening of $5.1 million. “Legend” has hit $317.4 million overseas, and its worldwide total has reached $571 million.

Warner also continued to slice up decent business from “Sweeney Todd” with $7.9 million at 2,100 to push the foreign cume to $59 million — $7 million ahead of the domestic total.

“Charlie Wilson’s War,” still early in its foreign run with $26 million, took in $5.9 million at 1,562, mostly from launches in Germany, Italy and South Korea. Warner’s “The Bucket List” scooped up $4.8 million at 1,478, boosting its foreign take to more than $20 million ahead of its U.K. launch next weekend.

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