This Is It Documentary Earns $2.2 Million Opening Night

Movies & TV

By: John Kennedy / October 29, 2009

In it’s opening night, Michael Jackson‘s concert documentary, This Is It, raked in a reported $2.2 million.

The figure is based on the Tuesday night screening, whose Los Angeles premiere brought out major stars from Jackson’s brothers Marlon, Randy, Jermaine and Jackie, to Jennifer Lopez, Vivica Fox, and Berry Gordy [View photos here].

The movie is based around Jackson’s final London tour, which never came into fruition because of the legend’s death at the age of 50. The movie used over 100 hours of Jackson’s rehearsal footage.

“What we did here was focus on telling a good story and creating a film for the fans really enabling them to understand what Michael Jackson had dreamed for them,” director Kenny Ortega, told the press.

Sony spent $60 million to make the film.

Slight controversy over whether or not Sony used a body double of Michael in the film, arose before it’s debut. Jackson’s father Joe accused the directors of the concert movie of using fake MJs in the film.

“This movie features body doubles, no doubt about it,” he told the London’s News of the World. “I think people will tear this movie apart.”

A rep from Sony is fired back with a statement, accusing Joe of being off. “This story is pure garbage and there are no body doubles,” the rep says in regards to Joe’s claims.

“Audiences will begin to see the film tomorrow and every time they see The King of Pop they will know that every frame is unquestionably Michael as he rehearses and prepares for the London concerts that were to have begun this past summer.” –Linda Hobbs