Even in death, the late superstar, Michael Jackson, can still generate millions of dollars in ticket sales. The legendary entertainer’s behind the scenes documentary, “Michael Jackson’s This Is It,” thrilled enough moviegoers to become the number one film in the country this weekend. The Jackson flick debuted with an estimated $21.3 million, falling short of some expectations, but still winning the domestic Box Office derby just the same.
Jackson was in the Los Angeles area rehearsing for his “This Is It” series of London concerts when he died suddenly on June 25, 2009. Later, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office ruled the pop icon’s death was a homicide, the result of a dangerous combination of drugs. A criminal investigation continues into the singer’s death. Jackson was only 50-years-old when he died.
In second place at the Box Office, the horror thriller, “Paranormal Activity” with about $16.5 million. This little scary movie made on a shoestring budget of less than $20,000 has earned more than $80 million in six weeks. Last weekend, “Paranormal Activity” completed a remarkable climb to the number one spot.
The revenge drama, “Law Abiding Citizen” took in an estimated $7.3 million for third place, followed by the relationship comedy, “Couples Retreat” in fourth with $6 million and rounding out the top five, the horror film, “Saw V1” with $5.5 million.