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

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

Last Updated: November 8, 2009 @ 11:07 PM

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.