This Is It Grosses $20.1 Million Worldwide in Opening Day
Posted on October 31, 2009The Michael Jackson documentary This Is It grossed $20.1 million worldwide on opening day, according to Variety.
The film is expected to top the box office this weekend, barring some kind of upset due to the Halloween factor."This Is It" grossed $20.1 million in its first day at the worldwide box office -- a solid, but not glowing, start for Michael Jackson's final act. The Sony release grossed $7.4 million from 3,481 theaters at the domestic B.O., including $2.2 million from Tuesday night shows.
Overseas, where the King of Pop's popularity has endured, "This Is It" pulled in $12.7 million in 97 territories. Opening-day highlights included $1.9 million in the U.K., $1.4 million in France, $1.2 million in Japan and $1.1 million in Germany. Film, slotted to play only two weeks, opened in 10 more overseas markets on Thursday, making for a worldwide print count of 15,000 heading into the weekend. Sony said the successful opening of the pic reaffirms the global appeal of Jackson.
But many in Hollywood expected opening-day numbers to be higher at the domestic B.O. since the film is a fan-driven title. Last year, "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" grossed $8.6 million on its opening day at the domestic B.O., although that pic bowed on a Friday.