By Hy Hollinger
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - In a scattered overseas market made up of Oscar nominees, garden-variety films and a few new hopefuls, Steven Spielberg's "Munich" held the No. 1 international spot for the second week in a row.
But despite its take of $11.6 million from 31 countries, the controversial Oscar contender is failing to dominate in key countries. It arrived in Japan at No. 3 ($1.3 million), behind the opening of a local film and the second weekend of "Flightplan."
In its first offshore outing since the Academy Award nominations last Tuesday, the Johnny Cash movie "Walk the Line" got off to a mixed start with $7.5 million from 24 countries. It arrived at No. 1 in Australia ($2 million); No. 2 in the U.K. ($2 million), Germany ($1.5 million) and Norway ($267,000). But audiences in Spain ($433,000) and Mexico ($234,000) were less enthusiastic about the Man in Black.
"Memoirs of a Geisha" earned $9.1 million from 29 territories to lift its foreign total to $62.3 million.
"Chicken Little," No. 1 in Germany with a two-week total of $7.2 million, earned $8.2 million over the weekend from 32 countries, driving its international total to $139.3 million.
Italian box office champ "Fun With Dick & Jane" moved up to an international gross of $53.2 million after a $6.5 million weekend from 44 territories.
"Brokeback Mountain" picked up $5.7 million from 14 markets, raising its international haul to $31.5 million.
The Martin Lawrence comedy "Big Momma's House 2" maintained a steady pace with a weekend score of $5.4 million from 11 countries.
In France, local-language offering "Les Bronze 3, Amis Pour la Vie!" topped the chart with a record opening weekend of $24.2 million.
Disney's animated sequel, "Bambi and the Great Prince of the Forest," which will only be released on video in the U.S., took in $4.1 million from nine countries, including $2 million from its No. 2 bow in France.
Meanwhile, Disney's most recent family blockbuster, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," took in $5.7 million from 39 markets to raise it total to $367.2 million. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" added $1.3 million for a total of $596.6 million, as did "King Kong," whose foreign tally now stands at $321.4 million.
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