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.
Fox's post-Globe plans for 'Crazy Heart' include more-aggressive marketing and a wider release.
Twentieth Century Fox's "Avatar" remained king of the box office.
Warner Bros. actioner "The Book of Eli" kicked off the MLK Jr. weekend with $11.7 million.
Overseas auds have long clamored for more varied product from Hollywood, and in 2009 the biz's potpourri paid off robustly.
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday could see another record-breaking weekend at the domestic B.O.
"Avatar" is sparking protests from parents' groups in Italy where the James Cameron blockbuster bows Friday with a controversial general admission rating.