This Is It final box-office tally rises

2009-11-03 10:19

MICHAEL Jackson’s concert movie This Is It saw opening weekend

ticket sales in the US and Canada rise by 9% from initial estimates to a total

of $23.2 million (about R185 million), according to final studio figures


The movie has made another R553 million internationally since its

nationwide opening last Wednesday, up from an original box-office estimate of

R545 million, film studio Columbia Pictures said.

In total, the movie has made R826 million at worldwide box-offices,

said Columbia Pictures, the Sony Corporation division that paid R477 million for

the video used in the film.

This Is It follows the king of pop, Jackson, during his final weeks

of rehearsal for a planned series of 50 shows in London, England.

The concerts were cancelled when the Thriller singer died on June

25 from an overdose of powerful medication in Los Angeles. The US investigators

are still probing his death.

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