The Michael Jackson music documentary “This Is It” is selling out theaters around the world.
According to Sony Pictures, hundreds of show times have sold out since tickets went on sale Sunday. The film was built around rehearsal footage for the late singer’s planned London concerts. It opens Oct. 28 for a two-week limited run.
Advance shows in some markets the night before also are selling out. All 3,000 tickets for screenings at a Los Angeles cinema were snapped up in two hours, with some fans lining up for nearly three days.
Sony says that 30,000 tickets were sold in the first 24 hours in London, while $1 million worth of tickets were sold in Japan within the same time period.
The film follows Jackson as he rehearsed and prepared for a 50-date run of London concerts, which were scheduled to begin just weeks after his death on June 25. The film, which was directed by Kenny Ortega, will feature behind-the-scenes footage as well as Jackson and his band and dancers rehearsing for the tour.