HE DOES IT AGAIN! MJ's film is the TOP-GROSSING of the weekend, worldwide!!

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HE DOES IT AGAIN! MJ's film is the TOP-GROSSING of the weekend, worldwide!!

Post by MJJ Love on Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:48 pm

(AP) "Michael Jackson's This Is It" pulled in $101 million
worldwide in its first five days, and distributor Sony is extending the
farewell performance film beyond its planned two-week run.

The film was the No. 1 Halloween thriller domestically with a $21.3 million
opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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The previous weekend's No. 1 movie, Paramount's low-budget horror sensation
"Paranormal Activity," slipped to No. 2 with $16.5 million, lifting its
total to $84.8 million.

"This Is It" raised its domestic total to $32.5 million. The movie pulled in
$68.5 million overseas, including $10.4 million in Japan, $6.3 million in
Germany, $5.8 million in France and $3.2 million in China.

"He's just loved everywhere on the planet," said Rory Bruer, head of
distribution for Sony. "It doesn't matter if it's Asia, Africa, Australia,
Europe, South America. Every continent in the world loved him and his
music."

In Great Britain, where Jackson had planned a marathon series of 50 London
concerts starting last July, the movie earned $7.6 million.

"This Is It" captures Jackson in behind-the-scenes performances in the weeks
before his death last June, as he rehearsed his biggest hits for the London
shows.

"This Is It" originally was scheduled for a theatrical run of only two
weeks. The studio has extended it a few more weeks domestically, leaving it
in theaters through Thanksgiving weekend, one of the year's busiest
moviegoing times.

Sony plans to extend the run of "This Is It" overseas on a
country-by-country basis, with most territories probably getting one to
three weeks of extra playing time, Bruer said.

The studio paid $60 million for film rights to Jackson's rehearsal footage,
an investment the movie recouped in days.

"They bet $60 million on this and got $101 million in just five days," said
Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com. "It was a gamble
and a bet that paid off."

The movie fell far short of last year's $31.1 million opening weekend
domestically for "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds
Concert." But Bruer said "This Is It" has a shot at surpassing the $65.3
million domestic total during the entire run of Cyrus' movie, which tops the
all-time charts for music documentaries.

Worldwide, "This Is It" already h as shot past Cyrus' concert film. Cyrus
mainly appeals to American teens, and her movie got only a limited release
overseas, where it took in about $5 million to give the film a global total
of just over $70 million.

"This Is It" played in 3,481 theaters domestically, about five times the
number for Cyrus' movie. But "Best of Both Worlds" ran in 3-D, for which
theaters typically charge a few dollars more.

And Cyrus' young fans are an audience segment that tends to rush out to see
movies over opening weekend, the movie doing nearly half its business in the
first few days.

Sony hopes for a longer shelf life for "This Is It," which drew older crowds
that catch movies on their own schedule, with less regard for the
opening-weekend frenzy. Fans older than 25 accounted for 62 percent of the
audience, according to Sony.

While "Paranormal Activity" led Halloween's scary movies, an established
horror franchise lost its fear factor as Lionsgate's "Saw VI" fell sharply
in its second weekend after an anemic debut.

"Saw VI" came in at No. 5 this weekend with $5.6 million, raising its total
to just $22.8 million after 10 days. Previous sequels in the serial-killer
series all had topped $30 million during opening weekend alone.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian
theaters, according to Hollywood.com; final figures will be released Monday:

1. "Michael Jackson's This Is It," $21.3 million.
2. "Paranormal Activity," $16.5 million.
3. "Law Abiding Citizen," $7.3 million.
4. "Couples Retreat," $6.1 million.
5. "Saw VI," $5.6 million.
6. "Where the Wild Things Are," $5.1 million.
7. "The Stepfather," $3.4 million.
8. "Astro Boy," $3.04 million.
9. "Amelia," $3 million.
10. "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant," $2.8 million.

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Post by MJsSuperflyPYT on Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:14 pm

MJ always did like breaking records . Plus, most ppl here knew that Sony would have TII run longer than the initial 2-weeks once the $$$ started pouring in.
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Post by neverlandprincess on Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:37 pm

Nice you go baby!
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