Jackson’s This Is It rakes in mega bucks

2009-10-30 11:24

MICHAEL Jackson’s This Is It docu-movie has landed on top of the US

box-office with R58 million in its first day locally and R99.1 million


These pleasing figures give This Is It, the film documenting

Jackson’s rehearsals for his planned concert tour, a worldwide total of

R157 million.

Film distributor Sony said the R58 million domestic haul is the

best ever for a movie on a Wednesday in October. This Is It was easily the No 1

film domestically, coming in ahead of the R12 million gross for Paranormal

Activity – last weekend’s top box-office earner.

Jackson died on June 25 just before he was to begin a marathon run

of comeback concerts in London, England. Jackson’s docu-movie was built around

more than 100 hours of behind-the-scenes footage shot between March and June as

he and his back-up performers developed the numbers intended for his elaborate

stage shows.

Sony said it expected even stronger results for the docu-movie for

today and on Sunday, though tomorrow may leave a hole in the overall box-office

due to Halloween.

In a single day, This Is It climbed into the ranks of top-grossing

music documentaries, just behind the R67.1 million domestic haul of U2: Rattle

and Hum.

By this weekend, it is likely to shoot past such films as Madonna:

Truth or Dare (R117 million) and Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience

(R150 million) to become the No 2 all-time draw-card on the music-documentary


The No 1 music documentary is Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best

of Both Worlds Concert, which had a R243 million opening weekend last year and

took in R510 million over its entire theatrical run.

Among the totals from other countries, This Is It brought in

R15 million in the UK, R11 million in France, R9.4 million in Japan and

R8.6 million in Germany.

The docu-movie debuted in 99 countries on Wednesday and expanded to

10 more yesterday. It features Jackson doing all his biggest hits, including

Billie Jean, Beat It, Thriller, Human Nature and Smooth Criminal.

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