Caped Crusader does best in U.K.

Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight Rises” remained on the beam at the international box office, finishing first for the third straight weekend and adding $66.7 million — a respectable 47% dropoff from its $126.2 million take over the previous sesh. But the Caped Crusader’s dominance hasn’t slowed Fox’s “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” which grossed $33.3 million in its sixth international outing, off just 34% from the $51 million of its previous frame, solidifying the franchise’s massive overseas popularity.

The lastest Batpic has cumed $378.1 million overseas, putting it 49% ahead of “The Dark Knight” at the same point in its run, using current exchange rates. Fox’s fourth “Ice Age” installment, meanwhile, reached $587.6 million, making “Drift” the third-highest grossing toon internationally, behind “Toy Story 3″ ($648 million) and “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” ($691 million).

Germany stands as the toon’s highest-grossing territory, at $53 million in five weeks. China, however, is making a splash, with $40.6 million after just two weeks. Four other territories screening “Drift” have contributed north of $40 million: France, Russia, Mexico and Brazil.

“Dark Knight Rises” has done best so far in the U.K., where it’s grossed $63.9 million, followed by South Korea and Australia (at around $35 million each).

Universal’s R-rated laffer “Ted” trailed “Drift” only slightly over the weekend, collecting $32.8 million, thanks to expansions into major markets like the U.K., where it scored the studio’s second-biggest opening ever with $14.6 million. In Germany, “Ted” debuted in the top spot at $7.2 million, followed by No. 1 openings in Russia ($5.8 million) and Austria ($1.7 million).

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