Michael Jackson can still sell-out tickets like pancakes. Advanced screenings to the music documentary “Michael Jackson: This is It” sold out within two hours early Sunday, after fans lined up three days earlier have bought all 3,000 tickets to the LA shows.
The documentary, which was directed by longtime Jackson collaborator Kenny Ortega, opens nationwide on October 28, but lucky fans can get a sneak peek the night before in screenings at the new Regal Cinemas Stadium 14. Since it is the theater’s grand opening that day, the cinema will show “This is It” on all fourteen screens on the night of October 28.
As reported earlier, “This is It” is a compilation from hours of footage as Jackson prepared for a series of London concerts for which he was rehearsing before his death on June 25.
The real screening does not open until October 28, but early sales began on Sunday, resulting in hundreds of sold-out shows in North America alone, breaking records for advance ticket sales, according to the studio behind the film. Cities with particularly strong sales include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and New York. Outside the US, over $1 million in tickets were sold in Japan on the first day they were available.