Film claims top spot for third weekend

“Jumper” landed in first place overseas for the third straight weekend with $12.8 million at 4,000 playdates in 44 markets, edging political thriller “Vantage Point.”

The post-Oscar frame also saw best picture winner “No Country for Old Men” beef up its foreign take with $8.6 million at 1,913 in 44 markets in its biggest international weekend. That take included a $2.1 million first-place finish in its second Italian frame, rising 18%, and a $1.2 million German launch at only 129. “No Country” has cumed $49.5 million overseas for Paramount.

“There Will Be Blood” took advantage of Daniel Day-Lewis’ win for actor with a solid $5 million at 1,061, including a $1.4 million French opening and a 21% jump in Brit biz to $1.2 million at 194 in its fourth frame. “Blood,” still early in its international run, has totaled $17.4 million offshore.

“Juno,” aided by a screenplay Oscar, held nicely with a decline of only 16% to $4.2 million at 1,200. The comedy’s cumed $42 million overseas, led by $16 million in the U.K. and $9.3 million Australia.

The weekend also marked another success story for “The Golden Compass,” thanks to a socko $10 million Japanese launch — including $2.5 million in sneak screenings Feb. 23 and 24. That brought the foreign cume to $272 million, or nearly four times the domestic take in a performance that underlines the international appeal of fantasy pics.

It was a bit of good news for New Line, faced with last week’s announcement that it will be absorbed into Warner Bros. Time Warner president Jeff Bewkes has already said that future New Line pics won’t be financed by selling off foreign rights, as was done with “Compass.”

New Line’s new entry “Semi-Pro” duplicated its semi-soft domestic debut in a day-and-date opening in the U.K. with $1.7 million, finishing 10% behind the launch of “The Bank Job.” The modest performance demonstrated the difficulty faced in overseas markets by American comedy stars such as Will Ferrell.

“Jumper” continued to perform solidly, led by a first-place launch in Italy that tied “No Country” at $2.1 million. The sci-fier has hit nearly $82 million overseas — $15 million ahead of the domestic total — with $14.5 million in the U.K. and $10.2 million in South Korea after only three weeks.

Sony’s “Vantage Point” saw respectable returns with $11.5 million at 2,480 in 26 markets, led by a second-place South Korean opening of $3 million. It took advantage of its Spanish setting with a first-place launch in Spain of $2.3 million and managed a $2 million German debut in fourth but was subdued in a $700,000 Italian opening.

“Point” goes into the U.K. and Japan on Friday.

Amid a lack of comedy competition, Fox’s spoof “Meet the Spartans” drew decent coin with $7.3 million at 1,517 in 22 markets. It tied for first with docu “Earth” in a $3 million German launch and topped the charts in Mexico with $1.4 million and in Australia with $1.3 million.

A quintet of pics took in more than $3 million — Warner Bros.’ “Sweeney Todd” with $4.9 million at 2,300; Warner’s “The Bucket List” with $4.8 million at 1,900; Disney’s “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” with $4.8 million at 2,638; Fox’s “27 Dresses” with $4.4 million at 1,855; and Sony’s “The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep” with $3.6 million at 2,345.

“Sweeney” has cleared $89 million overseas, nearly $40 million ahead of the domestic take in a perf that underscores Johnny Depp’s popularity outside the U.S. And “Book of Secrets” has topped $221 million internationally, $5 million ahead of the domestic perf, with China still to open on March 17.

Universal scored a respectable third-place Spanish opening for “The Other Boleyn Girl” with $1.2 million at 215. The well-known tale of intrigue among the Brit royals goes into the U.K., Germany and Russia next weekend.

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