Making its overseas mark in the switching yard, Twentieth Century Fox’s B.O. freight train “Unstoppable” used counterprogramming — and a sizable day-and-date launch — to help it chug to the top of the international box office over the Nov. 12-14 weekend against family-driven holdovers like “Megamind” and “Despicable Me.”

“Unstoppable,” which marks the fifth collaboration between Denzel Washington and helmer Tony Scott, debuted to $19.3 million from 39 markets, and has collected $21.7 million overseas as of Nov. 15. Top markets for the Fox actioner included China, France and Spain.

Gaining entry into China, which contributed $5.5 million at 1,200 locations, was significant for the film, given the territory’s restrictions on foreign pics. “Unstoppable” outpaced most similarly targeted movies in that market, including a whopping 200% uptick over the latest Washington-Scott title, “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.”

In Gaul, “Unstoppable” also pulled out ahead of “Pelham,” though the more recent film failed to take the top spot in France. Despite mixed reviews, French auds added $2.7 million to the Fox pic’s weekend load.

Elsewhere in Europe, “Unstoppable” tallied $1.6 million in Spain, debuting in the top spot, and $1.2 million in Germany, good enough for third.

In Germany, Warner Bros.’ laffer “Due Date,” which competed for a similar male-driven demo, kept the train pic from running away. “Due Date” took the top spot in Teuton, with $2.7 million, down just 27% in its second frame for a local cume of $7.3 million. The pic, which re-teamed “Hangover” director Todd Phillips and star Zach Galifianakis, continued to earn impressive marks overseas, with $17.7 million from 40 markets, cuming $47.1 million through the weekend.

Outside of Germany, the film saw two other holdover territories divvy out chart-topping figures: Mexico and the U.K. In Blighty, “Due Date” fell only 20% in its soph sesh and, with $3.1 million, ranked 57% higher than the No. 2 pic. The film’s U.K. totals reached $9.3 million; in Mexico, its local cume stands at $2.8 million after grossing $957,000 in its second weekend.

“Due Date’s” steady holds so far means good news for the comedy, since the genre typically falls short in non-English-speaking territories. Pic is set to go into Oz next weekend.

“Despicable Me” continued to display significant gusto with foreign auds, adding $8.4 million to its international cume of $260.9 million. Universal gave the toon a limited launch in July, preferring to wait until October to expand into major markets. The pic’s overseas sustainability further illustrates foreign moviegoers’ affinity for 3D family films.

Another 3D toon hoping for similar resilience is Paramount-DreamWorks Animations’ “Megamind,” which won’t enter Europe and Latin America — major toon regions — until early December. To date, “Megamind” has cumed $27.2 million from just 10 markets, including Russia, where it crossed the $20 million mark, boosted by a $1.6 million weekend take.

Appealing to an older, if net necessarily more mature, demo, Par’s “Jackass 3D” also has proven its chops internationally, cuming $31.8 million in 22 territories at 1,863 locations.

Last weekend, the 3D laffer grossed an overall $8.5 million, holding the No. 1 spot in Australia with $1.9 million, down a better-than-expected 47% from its opening weekend. Pic’s local cume there reached $6.7 million, making it the film’s second-highest grossing territory behind Germany, with $7.3 million. There “Jackass” was down just 19% in its third outing for a weekend take of $1.4 million.

“Jackass 3D” launched in eight territories last weekend, mostly in Latin America. Brazil and Argentina were the biggest, with $174,000 and $90,000, respectively. The next major markets to get the film include Italy and Russia, both set to launch on Dec. 3.

Emilio Mayorga in Barcelona, Mark Schilling in Tokyo, Clifford Coonan in Beijing, Ed Meza in Berlin, Lauren Seligman in Paris and Nick Vivarelli in Rome contributed to this report.