International box office: Julia Roberts 'Eat Pray Love'

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After four weeks at number one, Resident Evil: Afterlife slipped to fifth place at the box office outside North America, as Eat Pray Love took the top spot.

The romantic drama, starring Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem and James Franco ( Howl, Milk), earned $17.4 million across 56 countries, per The Hollywood Reporter. It reached No. 1 in seven countries where it opened this weekend, including Australia.

Based on the best-selling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, which was translated into 40 languages, the film was directed by Ryan Murphy, creator of the hit television show Glee, and follows Roberts' character on an inner quest across Italy, India and Indonesia.

In second place, Despicable Me with $16.6 million in 35 countries. The 3D animated film, featuring Steve Carell's voice, took the top spot in France.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole ranked number three, earning $11.3 million overall on the weekend in 35 countries. The animated fantasy by director Zack Synder ( 300, Watchmen) opened in first place in Mexico.

Director Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, starring Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf, hit number one in the UK, and overall reached number four.

While The Social Network held the number one position in the US for the second week, the film about the founding of Facebook by director David Fincher, opened in only seven countries outside North America for a total of $3.2 million.

The number two film in the US, Life As We Know It, the romantic-comedy starring Katherine Heigl ( Knocked Up) and Josh Duhamel ( The Transformers), also opened in the UK at number two.

From January through September, the international box office tally hit $9.85 billion, an increase of nearly 35 percent over last year's first nine months.