MJ's This Is It passes $200 million
Michael Jackson's concert movie This Is It has raked in more than $200 million at box offices worldwide in the first two weeks of release. The movie is now one of the biggest grossing movies worldwide of 2009.india Updated: Nov 13, 2009 11:23 IST
Sony Pictures Entertainment said the movie had grossed $61 million in North America and more than $140 million internationally. Japan ($27.2 million) and the UK ($14.3 million) were particularly strong markets.
The movie is now the 22nd biggest grossing movie worldwide of 2009, according to industry tracker boxofficemojo.com
This Is It, distributed by Sony Corp-owned Columbia Pictures, was compiled from footage of Jackson rehearsing for a series of planned comeback concerts before his sudden death in June.
Sony paid concert promoters AEG and Jackson's estate about $60 million for the right to make and distribute the movie.
The $200 million plus gross is almost three times more than 2008's Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus:Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour -- a movie some box office watchers had used as a benchmark for This Is It.
The Jackson film opened on Oct. 28 for a planned two week run but has since been extended until early December.