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"Avatar" top film overseas for 10th weekend

Director of the movie James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis pose at the premiere of "Avatar" at the Mann's Grauman Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Showing minimal box office fatigue at the foreign box office, “Avatar” logged a 10th consecutive weekend at No. 1 after a $51 million round.

Director James Cameron’s record-setting blockbuster has earned $1.78 billion internationally, with its worldwide tally weighing in at $2.47 billion. In addition to its worldwide record in current dollars, “Avatar” has now beaten 1997’s “Titanic’s” global box office milestone on an inflation-adjusted basis as well.

The top market remains France where “Avatar” claimed $6.3 million on the weekend, raising its local total to $165.1 million.

Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island,” which opened No. 1 in the U.S. and Canada, also earned $9.1 million in nine overseas markets. Spain ($3.4 million) led the way, followed by Australia ($2.5 million) and Russia ($1.3 million).

“Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” was No. 3 overall with a $23.2 million weekend; its foreign total rose to $67.9 million. “Valentine’s Day” was a close No. 3 after seducing $23 million, taking its total to $71.3 million.

“The Wolfman” was No. 4 after scaring up $16 million. Its overseas total rose to $46.7 million. “The Princess and the Frog” grabbed the No. 5 slot after a $12.1 million weekend; its overseas total rose to $131.5 million.

Opening in 15 new markets was “The Lovely Bones,” which generated $7.2 million on the weekend from a total of 21 territories. Director Peter Jackson’s fantasy thriller opened at No. 4 in the U.K. ($2.7 million). Its international total stands at $25.4 million.

Other foreign totals: “Sherlock Holmes,” $266 million; “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” $215.5 million; “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs,” $107.7 million; “It’s Complicated,” $84.4 million; “Invictus,” $63 million. “The Tooth Fairy,” $36.4 million; and “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” $21.6 million.