Sony’s Michael Jackson film “This Is It” jumped the $100 million mark at the foreign box office Thursday, tallying more than double the pic’s domestic haul of $43.8 million.
That put “This Is It’s” worldwide total at nearly $144 million as the film headed into its second weekend of play.
Jackson’s iconic status in many overseas countries made the film a more likely draw abroad than in the U.S.
Foreign haul is led by Japan, where “This Is It” has grossed $18.2 million. That’s followed by the U.K. at $11.1 million, Germany at $8.9 million and France at $8.7 million.
Sony paid AEG Entertainment $60 million for worldwide distribution rights.