In the No. 4 spot is Disney/Pixar's "Ratatouille
," which was propelled by No. 1 openings in nine markets to its biggest weekend tally yet, an estimated $24.5 million from 4,320 screens in 26 markets. Overseas cume to date for the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International release stands at $83.3 million.
Remy the culinary rat made a gangbusters debut in France, grossing an estimated $11.4 million from 800 screens in the opening five days. Preliminary figures indicate that "Ratatouille" might well wind up as the biggest animation title ever to open in France, given that in four days it was up 1% above the previous record pace set by 2003's "Finding Nemo," which went on to record a total of $528 million overseas.
Heat waves in Spain and Belgium didn't hamper "Ratatouille" as it opened to an estimated $3.4 million in Spain at 270 screens while in Belgium the tally was $750,000 from 80 sites for a lusty per-screen average of $9,375.
Despite heavy rains in Taiwan, Remy and company managed an estimated $540,000 from 86 screens. In Hong Kong, the tally was $770,000 from 50 sites for a strong per-screen average of $15,400.