A delectable opening in Germany helped Ratatouille take the top spot at the international box office, with estimated weekend ticket sales of $19.7 million from 30 markets.
The Disney/Pixar cartoon about a Parisian rat with a discerning palette cooked up $12.2 million in Germany.
Ratatouille was like a vacuum cleaner in Germany, said David Kornblum, vp international sales and distribution at Disney.
The film also bowed at No. 1 in Austria and German-speaking Switzerland. The foreign total stands at $247 million, powered by a $59 million contribution from France. Next up for Remy and pals is a Friday opening in the U.K., Italy on October 17, and October 19 bows in China, Sweden, Poland and Finland.
In second place for the weekend was I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, which grossed $6.7 million from 38 markets to take its international total to $48.2 million. The Adam Sandler comedy was a distant No. 2 in Germany with $2.2 million, taking its 11-day total to $6.9 million.
The No. 3 slot was shared by incumbent champ The Bourne Ultimatum and new arrival The Heartbreak Kid, each of which earned about $5.7 million.
Bourne did its business in 37 territories, bringing its international total to $172 million. Top totals include Britain ($46.5 million), Australia ($17 million) and Germany ($13.9 million).
Meanwhile, Heartbreak opened in four territories, led by Britain with $2.5 million. The Ben Stiller comedy opened at No. 2 in North America with a disappointing $14 million.
At No. 4 overall was Superbad, with $4.2 million from 19 territories; its total stands at $23 million. The Brave One was No. 5 with $4.1 million from 26 markets; its international total rose to $14.8 million.