Mel Gibson returns to the domestic B.O. this weekend after an eight-year onscreen hiatus.
The Japanese B.O. reached its second-highest ever total in 2009 -- $2.29 billion -- according to figures compiled by the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan.
Polish exhibitors had a record 2009, pulling in 680 million zlotys ($234 million) from 39.1 million admissions, the highest number since the fall of Communism in 1989.
James Cameron has conquered the worldwide box office, again.
20th Century Fox's "Avatar" surpassed Warner Bros.' "The Dark Knight" with $533.3 million.
Auds still have "Avatar" fever as they shelled out $9.1 million on Friday.
While several films hit notable highs at the foreign B.O. over the Jan. 15-17 weekend, "Avatar" continued to out-perform in most territories.
Fox will add to its "Avatar" onslaught with Dwayne Johnson kidpic "Tooth Fairy" opening wide.
Coming in at A$1.09 billion ($1 billion), the 2009 Australian box office achieved a record high, with U.S. pics accounting for 83% of the total.
This is the kind of program that must be watched with close attention paid to the small details.
The 2D version of "Avatar" is being pulled from more than 1,600 screens in China to make way for "Confucius," a patriotic, state-backed biopic of the philosopher, which will bow Friday.