Michael Jackson Film Earns $2.2 Million Opening Night

Entertainment Oct. 28, 2009 AT 4:20PM
Michael Jackson Film Earns $2.2 Million Opening Night Credit: Kevin Mazur

Michael Jackson continues to bring in fans even after his death.

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Late-night screenings of Michael Jackson's This Is It have earned $2.2 million at the North America box office, the Associated Press reports.

Based on rehearsal footage shot while Jackson -- who died in June at age 50 -- was preparing for his series of comeback concerts in London, the movie premiered worldwide Tuesday night. Sony, the documentary's distributor, said the opening night numbers were "unprecedented" for a Tuesday in October.

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This Is It opened in 99 countries and expanded its release Wednesday. According to the Associated Press, Sony has already determined that Wednesday's box office results are "explosive" and that matinee numbers have doubled those from Tuesday night.

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Us Weekly's senior movie editor Bradley Jacobs gave the film four stars, writing that "it's a highly charged, personal and captivating peek at the last few weeks of a man who certainly didn't look close to death."

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