A week after it opened at No. 1 across North America, I Am Legend snatched the top spot at the international box office, ending the two-week reign of domestic dud The Golden Compass.
Will Smith's sci-fi thriller earned an estimated $25.3 million from 15 markets, taking its foreign haul to $54.3 million after two weekends. Legend finished first in each of its seven new territories, including France ($7.6 million) and Spain ($5.8 million).
The Golden Compass followed with $23.9 million from 49 markets, lifting its international total to $130 million. The $180 million family fantasy has earned just $48 million after three weekends in North America.
New North American champ National Treasure: Book of Secrets opened at No. 3 internationally with $22.3 million from 17 markets. The Nicolas Cage adventure opened at No 1 in all of its markets except Italy and Spain, where it was No 2. The biggest bows were in Japan ($3.6 million) and Korea ($3.5 million). Openings in Russia and Mexico loom this weekend.
Enchanted was No. 4 internationally, grossing $15.8 million from 41 countries, lifting its foreign tally to $77.7 million. Key markets include the U.K. ($13.3 million) and France ($10.7 million).
Alvin and the Chipmunks came in at No 5 with $13 million from 38 markets, of which 28 were new. The kids cartoon grabbed the No 1 spot in Mexico with $1.7 million. The foreign total stands at $15.5 million.
Other totals include: Beowulf ($105 million), The Heartbreak Kid ($85.8 million), Bee Movie ($78 million), American Gangster ($55.1 million), Hitman ($41.3 million), Elizabeth: The Golden Age ($38.3 million), Atonement ($33 million) and Fred Claus ($22.8 million).