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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Topping both the North American and international box office charts for the second straight weekend, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is advancing toward $700 million at the worldwide box office.

Michael Bay’s demolition derby in 3-D added another $93 million from a whopping 9,926 locations in 59 international markets, crossing the $645 million mark after just two weekends of release. IMAX drew $3.7 million for the weekend, which puts the giant screen total at $15.6 million after just 12 days in 105 international locations.

“Cars 2” raced to second place overseas in its third weekend of release with $26.9 million in 27 territories and a global total of $270.4 million. This included a No. 1 debut in Argentina and a weekend that propelled “Cars 2” to the milestone of becoming the biggest Pixar release ever in Russia with $18.4 million to date.

Third place goes to “Kung Fu Panda,” which has played to an admiring international audience for nearly two months. It earned $14.3 million for the weekend in 57 international territories, boosting the film’s overseas revenues to over the $400 million mark and its global total to an impressive $563 million.

Here are the top 10 movies at international theaters this past weekend, followed by distributor, international gross for the weekend (excluding North America), worldwide gross to date (including North America), and number of weeks in domestic release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak and provided by Hollywood.com:

  1. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” Paramount International, $93,000,000, $645,000,424, two weeks.

  2. “Cars 2,” Walt Disney International, $26,900,000, $270,428,000, three weeks.

  3. “Kung Fu Panda 2,” Paramount International, $14,300,000, $563,009,321, seven weeks.

  4. “Bad Teacher,” Sony Pictures Releasing International, $13,000,000, $124,457,407, four weeks.

  5. “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” Fox International, $10,200,000, $84,246,774, four weeks.

  6. “Bridesmaids,” Universal International, $8,000,000, $206,686,095, nine weeks.

  7. “Zookeeper,” Sony Pictures Releasing International, $7,500,000, $28,500,000, one week.

  8. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” Walt Disney International, $6,500,000, $1,021,683,000, eight weeks.

  9. “The Hangover Part II, “ Warner Bros. International, $5,500,000, $561,204,183, seven weeks.

  10. “Larry Crowne,” Universal International, $4,500,000, $35,225,765, two weeks.

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Paul Dergarabedian is president of the Box Office Division of Hollywood.com and a box office analyst for The Associated Press.

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Online:

www.Hollywood.com/boxoffice

www.rentrak.com

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