Is 'This is It' Michael Jackson's last big hit?

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Is 'This is It' Michael Jackson's last big hit?

Post by Human_nature on Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:18 pm

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http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/the_big_picture/2009/10/is-this-is-it-michael-jacksons-last-big-hit.html

October 28, 2009 | 12:53
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How's
this for a shocker? The critics have finally gotten a look at Michael
Jackson's "This Is It" and -- shazam! -- they're loving it. My
colleague Ann Powers calls the film "a tribute to the power of Jackson's body and voice," while Variety's Andrew Barker says the film does a great job of capturing his rarely seen creative process, exclaiming that "his intense perfectionism is breathtaking to see." If audience reaction is as positive as the good reviews, the movie --
which Sony is opening today in roughly 3,500 theaters -- could end up
outstripping all of the early $35 million to $50 million five-day weekend box
office predictions.
So how did Sony do it? I turned to Time magazine for answers, since it offered a story
with a headline that was too good to resist: "Marketing 'This Is It':
How Sony Created a Global Event." Alas, none of the top execs from
Sony's crack marketing team is actually quoted in the story, so when it
comes to analyzing Sony's marketing prowess, we have to take the word
of various outsiders, including Variety's Stephen Gaydos, Fandango
spokesman Harry Medved and Hollywood.com box-office analyst Paul
Dergarabedian, who is, on average, quoted about 1,000 times a week in
the show-biz press. (Time did talk to "This Is It" director Kenny
Ortega, who is clearly a talented filmmaker but hardly a marketing
expert.)
Time says Sony cleverly kept the movie away from critics until the
last minute, pushed the film as a global phenomenon by orchestrating 33
different premieres, 16 of them synced to begin at the same time, and
pumped up early ticket buying by saying the film would have a
two-week-only run. It all sounds very innovative, except for the fact
that it's all been done before, most of it by Sony in its launch of its
"Da Vinci Code" series, which had much the same global opening strategy
and was also held back from critics until the last moment.
With all the early chatter about Jackson's frail condition and
erratic behavior before his death, I admit to having been a doubter
when it came to anyone pulling together a coherent film that captured
some of his on-stage glory. But judging from the "This Is It" reviews,
it sounds as if the wonderfully strange King of Pop will enjoy one last
turn in the spotlight. So my hat's off to Sony's marketing team, which
took what could have been a lemon and served us a delightful, cool
glass of lemonade. And their efforts are paying off with fans. My colleague Ben Fritz is reporting that
"This Is It" earned a robust $2.2 million from its Tuesday night
screenings in the U.S. and Canada and could easily gross more than $15
million by the end of today. With that in mind, here's a little
over/under poll that we've put together. Let me know how you think the
movie will perform at the box office.
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Post by EarthAngel90 on Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:34 pm

I don't think this is it just yet .... I am proably wrong or right ....
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