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‘This Is It’ Still the King at Overseas B.O.

Michael Jackson documentary takes $29M in foreign markets to best ”A Christmas Carol“ overseas.

The world’s love for Michael Jackson has yet to be exhausted.

“This Is It” stayed atop the overseas box office, taking in $29 million this weekend — a 58 percent drop over last week, but still enough for the Sony release to maintain its No. 1 spot while showing on 8,800 screens in 110 foreign markets.
“A Christmas Carol,” which opened to an disappointing $31 million domestically, was No. 2 overseas. The Robert Zemeckis 3D take on the Dickens classic took $12 million at 2,750 screens in 18 territories for a per-screen average of $4,364.
"This Is It," finished No. 2 domestically, and only opened in one new foreign market this weekend – Vietnam. The film, which Sony acquired for $60 million, has accumulated $186.9 million worldwide so far.
The edited footage from Michael Jackson’s rehearsals stayed No. 1 in Japan, France, Germany, the U.K. and elsewhere.
Pixar/Disney’s “Up” came in third overseas, bringing its international total to $367 million. The movie has yet to open in Japan, where it bows Dec. 5.
Universal’s “Couple’s Retreat” was No. 4 with $5.7 million, and “Saw VI” was fifth at $4.7 million.