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This Is It

Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by BAK, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. BAK

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    (Entertainment Weekly) -- Halloween audiences picked beats over blood this weekend, pushing "Michael Jackson's This Is It" to the top spot, while horror phenomenon "Paranormal Activity" scored a strong second-place finish.
    With a $21.3 million domestic gross, "This Is It" raised its worldwide total to a massive $101 million that easily breaks the record for a concert doc, though it falls far short of the $250 million that concert promoter AEG reportedly predicted.
    Even so, the performance was good enough to convince distributor Sony (which acquired the pic for a mere $60 million) to announce that the concert pic will remain in theaters at least until Thanksgiving.
    Still beating expectations in its third wide-release weekend, the sleeper hit "Paranormal Activity" dropped just 22 percent for a $16.5 million haul. At $84.8 million total after six weekends, the surprise smash is now the year's highest grossing horror movie.
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    Rounding out the top five are holdovers "Law Abiding Citizen" ($7.3 million), "Couples Retreat," ($6.1 million), and "Saw VI" ($5.6 million).
    The weekend's two other newbies both had lukewarm receptions in wide release: "The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day" made $0.5 million at 68 theaters, while "Gentlemen Broncos" earned $10,000 at two sites.