megasoft: This Is It

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

This Is It

Michael Jackson's new posthumous concert film, “This Is It,” came out Oct. 28, giving his millions of adoring fans a glimpse into what the man was really like. Edited down from hundreds of hours of footage of his rehearsal at the Staples Center for his “This Is It” tour, and directed by Kenny Ortega, “This Is It” just shows both what a spectacle Jackson’s 50-date stint at London’s O2 arena would have been but what Jackson was like as a performer, a musician and as the King of Pop.

"This Is It" saw opening weekend ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada rise by 9 percent from initial estimates to a total $23.2 million, according to final studio figures on Monday.

The movie has made another $69.5 million internationally since its Wednesday opening, up from an original box office estimate of $68.5 million, film studio Columbia Pictures said.

In total, the movie has made $103.9 million at worldwide box offices, said Columbia Pictures, the Sony Corp division that paid $60 million for the video used in the film.

"This Is It" follows Jackson during his final weeks of rehearsal for a planned series of 50 shows in London.

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