There have been extraordinary and unprecedented ticket sales for Michael’s film ‘This Is It’ being reported around the world by Sony Pictures. The film is the most highly anticipated film release for many years, covering Michael’s rehearsal footage for his ‘This Is It’ concerts, which were to begin in London at the O2 Arena in July. Fans around the world queued for hours, some overnight, to get tickets to see the film on its opening day and online ticket agencies reported hundreds of sold out shows in North America alone where 80% of all ticket sales were for ‘This Is It’.
Sales of more that $1million have been reported in Japan in twenty-four hours and a UK Exhibitor commented; ‘I’ve never seen anything like it in the twenty-five years I have been film buying.’
In London thirty-thousand tickets were sold in twenty-four hours, setting the biggest ever one-day sales record in the UK, eclipsing advance buying for films including Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings.
Sales show no sign of slowing down. In the USA, more than half a million fans searched the official www.thisisit-movie.com website for show times.
The release of the film is limited to a two week engagement and while reports are still coming in, it is thought that no movie in history has generated so many ticket sales so far in advance of its release.