This Is It Is #1 At the Box Office

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

As expected, the Michael Jackson film THIS IS IT took the top spot at the box office this past weekend with a $21.3 million tally.  However, the film opened on Tuesday and since its debut, it has grossed $32.5 million.  Which is pretty impressive for a movie that was never supposed to happen.  It didn’t have any competition as far as new releases, but the surprise hit of the year, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY managed to finish in a strong second place with just over $16 million, bringing it’s total to $84.7 million.  At this rate, it has a strong chance to be the most profitable film ever made.

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The only other surprise for me was seeing COUPLES RETREAT beat out SAW VI.  I figured on Halloween weekend, SAW VI would be able to rack up better numbers than a rom-com that has been out for quite a while.  The top 10 broke down as follows:

1          Michael Jackson’s This Is It               $21,300,000

2          Paranormal Activity                           $16,540,000

3          Law Abiding Citizen                         $7,303,000

4          Couples Retreat                                  $6,097,000

5          Saw VI                                                $5,560,000

6          Where the Wild Things Are               $5,081,000

7          The Stepfather (2009)                        $3,400,000

8          Astro Boy                                           $3,035,000

9          Amelia                                                $3,000,000

10        Cirque du Freak                                  $2,809,000

Source: Box Office Mojo

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