Animated film grosses $26.2 million over Dec. 7-9 weekend

Rising to the top spot at the overseas box office, Paramount-DreamWorks Animation’s “Rise of the Guardians” grossed $26.2 million over the Dec. 7-9 frame, bringing the 3D toon’s total to $90.9 million internationally.

“Guardians” reached No. 1 for the first time in four weeks, holding well in key soph-sesh markets, including France and the U.K. In Gaul, the toon dropped just 35%, for a $3 million weekend take and a cume of $8.4 million. Blighty chipped in with $2.6 million (down 17%), for a total of $6.5 million.

“Guardians” rose north of $150 million worldwide; however, the $145 million-budgeted pic still has considerable ground to cover in its quest toward profitability.

Heightened holiday theater traffic should goose Stateside grosses some, though the toon dropped to just a bit more than $10 million in its third domestic frame — and it’ll continue to fall.

Meanwhile, sliding from first to third place internationally, Summit’s “Twilight” finale, “Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” grossed $22.6 million in its fourth overseas frame, bringing its cume to $483 million, a franchise best, surpassing the previous installment’s $431 million overseas tally.

“Part 2″ crossed $50 million in the U.K., with $40 million-plus cumes in Brazil and Russia.

Similar to “Guardians,” Fox’s “Life of Pi” held well last weekend internationally, down just 3% with $23.4 million and a cume of $105.4 million through Dec. 9. China was far-and-away “Pi’s” biggest territory for the second straight frame, with $14.6 million. The pic’s reached nearly $70 million on the mainland.

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