MJ's 'This Is It' To Top Worldwide B-Office
OCT 30, 2009 - Michael Jackson's THIS IS IT looks set to top the box-office worldwide this weekend. Malaysian fans join millions of others flocking to cineplexes since its opening on Thursday to catch the 'two-week' only release of the concert rehearsal musical (reviewed below). Some 10,000 tickets were snapped up on the first day of 'advance sale' on Oct 15.
Fans and critics alike heaped praises on the movie directed by Kenny Ortega. The film shows MJ coaching his back-up singers and crew at reahearsals for the 50 concert shows, as well as the pop idol creating, developing, and ultimately staging the high-tech performances.
Malaysian fans and the media got the first viewing of This Is It at its premiere (pic, above) at the Cathay Cineplex Damansara last Wednesday night. The atmosphere was carnival-like with the crowd cheering a five-minute performance by MJ-impersonator Reizo Zen and his group of black-suited dancers at the cinema foyer (pictured below).
However, what was most touching was that viewers at Hall 1 sat through the ending credits, which reprised the title song, and applauded the movie.
In death, Michael Jackson lives in the hearts of his adoring fans.