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While distributors blamed a heat wave in Europe for a slumping boxoffice over the weekend, 20th Century Fox's Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith lived up to expectations in its first worldwide holdover session, and DreamWorks' new animated entry, Madagascar, got off to a rousing start in two Asian markets. Despite a 54% drop from its opening round, Sith racked up $61.5 million from 10,586 screens in 106 territories, hoisting the international gross to $246.2 million. The percentage decline -- which does not take into account the previous weekend's previews, midnight screenings and this past weekend's bow in Korea -- is considered normal for a global saturation release of a blue-ribbon blockbuster. The Korea opening -- $3.8 million from 306 screens -- is rated as Fox's third-biggest takeoff in the market, behind The Day After Tomorrow and Kingdom of Heaven. The final episode in George Lucas' Star Wars series held the No. 1 boxoffice position in most of the more than 100 markets in which it bowed a week ago, with the exception of Singapore and Malaysia, where Madagascar edged to the front.


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