News: Michael Jackson's "This Is It" Film Selling Out Across The Nation

Friday, Oct 16, 2009 10:20AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Pre-release tickets for the late Michael Jackson's upcoming film, This Is It, are reportedly selling out at theaters across the nation with more than 1,600 sold-out showings.

Despite being nearly two weeks away from hitting the big screen, the nation has already displayed its support for Jackson's memory.

Advance sales for This Is It look set to make the concert movie starring the late Michael Jackson into one of the hottest tickets of the year. The singer's concert movie has generated more than 1,600 sold-out U.S. show times and is the top seller this week at two major online ticket outlets. That puts This Is It in the same territory as next month's highly anticipated Twilight sequel New Moon and other films that have generated high pre-release sales. The studio has said the 112-minute movie will have a limited two-week engagement around the world, starting Oct. 28. (Billboard)

As a result of Jackson's high-demand, theaters are reportedly opening up more show times.

"The pre-sales activity all over the world has been nothing short of extraordinary," Steve Elzer, a spokesman for Sony Corp-owned Columbia Pictures, the studio behind the film. "But exhibitors have really met the demand by adding screens, and tickets are available for anyone who would want to see it, anytime." (Reuters)

While an explanation was not immediately made, the movie will drop ahead of schedule.

Sony has announced that Michael Jackson: This Is It will begin its two-week theater run on October 28, instead of October 30 as originally planned. The move gives the studio a two-day jump on the busy Halloween weekend. Tickets for the movie will go on sale September 27, more than a month before the movie even opens. (TMZ)

A Los Angeles judge recently approved Sony Pictures Entertainment's request to use over 80 hours of Michael Jackson footage for the movie.

Sony Pictures Entertainment received court approval to bring Michael Jackson to the big screen. The court's authorization, announced Monday in Probate Court by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff, allows them to edit more than 80 hours of rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage into a movie. The deal was negotiated last month by Sony Pictures and its sibling unit, Sony Music Entertainment, with the Michael Jackson Estate and AEG Live, producer of the late singer's planned London concert series. The film, like the concerts, will be called This Is It. (Los Angeles Times)

Check out Michael Jackson's "This Is It" single below:

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