'Sex' stays on top of international box office

While the world was watching the World Cup matches, the winner at the box office outside North America was Sex and the City 2 for the second week.

The counter-programming of the romantic comedy to the football frenzy paid off for female moviegoers. This sequel to the 2008 film based on the television series, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, has earned a total of $131.7 million internationally since it opened, compared to $84.7 million in the US.

By contrast, The A-Team, an action-adventure geared for male audiences could not compete with the World Cup, coming in at No. 3. A remake of the 1980s television series about ex-commandos, starring Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper, the film reached No. 1 in Taiwan, New Zealand and Puerto Rico. It opens next weekend in 14 more countries.

Blockbuster Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time held on to the No. 2 position in its fourth week.

The top film in the US this past weekend was The Karate Kid, a new version of the 1984 film, opened in Asian, Indian and Caribbean markets. It will hold releasing in Europe during World Cup matches.