Tom Cruise, usually an overseas cash cow, lost to two Bollywood pictures in the overseas box office race. Last weekend, Lions For Lambs opened in 3rd place, earning just over $10 million from 44 territories and barely edging the 20th weekend of Ratatouille, which was playing in 14 less markets. What’s more two Indian pictures, Om Shanti Om and Saawariy, beat it for the top 2 slots. Also of note, Stardust continues to find a deserved audience overseas, crossing $80 million in its 14th weekend and remaining in the top 6, while Atonement hit $27 million in 10 territories, three weeks before it lands in the U.S. and Canada.
On the homefront, a quick note of something rather spectacular: Last night, No Country For Old Men was the 9th highest grossing film in North America, playing on just 28 screens. It made more than Michael Clayton, which was playing on 41 times more screens.