'This Is It' sales strong worldwide

Michael Jackson doc will screen for two weeks only

Sony said Monday that its first day of advance ticket sales for the Michael Jackson documentary "This Is It" have been strong around the world.

Tickets went on sale Sunday for the pic, which is set for a simultaneous bow in most global territories on Oct. 28. Select venues will offer "advance screenings" as early as 9 p.m. PT Oct. 27.

Jackson died June 25, and Sony subsequently acquired distribution rights for a reported $60 million. Offering footage from his rehearsal sessions for a planned month of concerts in London, "This Is It" is set to play in theaters for two weeks only.

"With reports still coming in from nations around the world, it is believed no movie in history has generated so many ticket sales so far in advance of its release," Sony said.

North American sales include "hundreds" of performances selling out through purchases via online ticket sellers Fandango and MovieTickets.

"Internationally, exhibitors from London and Sydney to Bangkok and Tokyo have experienced the same epic demand," Sony said.
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