Sony expects to dominate the worldwide box office this weekend.
The box office was a Scrooge with Disney, but Lionsgate's "Precious" broke per-location records.
"This Is It" jumped the $100 million mark at the foreign box office.
"Disney's A Christmas Carol" easily took the top spot Friday with close to $9 million.
Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale "A Christmas Carol" takes on added dimension this weekend.
Sony's "This Is It" was one of several films doing more biz than expected on Sunday.
Sony's "This Is It" opened to a mammoth $68.5 million at the international B.O.
"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" grossed $3.68 million in its first weekend in Russia.
'This Is It' rings up $7.9 million in its third day.
For the second time in just a few weeks, an indie film that has labored to find a U.S. distributor is making a splash in certain foreign territories.
Austria broke the 1 million mark for cinema ticket sales for the first time ever this year, crossing the magic barrier with more than two months to spare, Austria's Film Institute said on Thursday.