Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It’ Earns $101 Million, Movie Gets Extended
'This Is It,' the movie that profiles Michael Jackson's final rehearsal footage before his death, topped the box office over the weekend. The film grossed $32.5 million domestically and $101 million worldwide. "He's just loved everywhere on the planet," Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony told the Associated Press. "It doesn't matter if it's Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, South America. Every continent in the world loved him and his music."
'This Is It' made $68.5 million oversees, bringing in $10.4 million in Japan, $7.6 in the U.K., $6.3 million in Germany, $5.8 in France and $3.2 million in China. Sony Pictures paid $60 million for the rights to release the film and only intended on showing the film for two weeks. After recouping the cost in only a matter of days the studio has decided to extend the film through the Thanksgiving weekend.
Michael Jackson, known to the world as "The King of Pop," died this past June. He recently earned the number three spot on the Forbes "Top Earning Dead Celebrities" list. Since his death his estate has earned approximately $90 million dollars.