'This Is It' leads Friday boxoffice

Michael Jackson doc takes in another $7.9 million

Sony's Michael Jackson documentary "This Is It" topped the Friday boxoffice with an estimated $7.9 million in U.S. and Canadian coin.

That yielded a 3 1/2-day cume of $19.1 million and makes it likely the film will top $30 million through Sunday. "This Is It" originally had been projected to bow north of $40 million through its first 5 1/2 days in domestic release.

"This Is It" bowed simultaneously in 97 foreign territories and seems to be outperforming internationally. Sony has promoted the release as a two-week-only global campaign.

Elsewhere among the daily rankings, Paramount's supernatural thriller "Paranormal Activity" scared up another $6.1 million in second place for $74.4 million in cumulative boxoffice.

Overture Films' crime thriller "Law Abiding Citizen" and Universal's ensemble comedy "Couples Retreat" tied for third with $2.4 million. That yielded a $46.5 million cume for "Citizen" and $83 million tally to date for "Couples."

Warner Bros.' fantasy "Where the Wild Things Are" was fifth among all Friday grossers with $1.9 million and a $58.7 million cume.

Sony unspooled "This Is It" at 9 p.m. PDT Tuesday after acquiring worldwide distribution rights for a reported $60 million. The film -- which has attracted largely favorable reviews from critics -- contains rehearsals footage, interviews and backstage scenes from preparations for what would have been the late singer's monthlong concert extravaganza in London.

After Jackson's death June 25, AEG Entertainment announced plans for the doc. "This Is It" was helmed by "High School Musical" director Kenny Ortega.
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