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“This Is It” #1 Home Video in 1st week of Release

‘This Is It’ dominates sales, Blu-ray charts
Michael Jackson concert film sold an estimated 1.2 million

Thomas K. Arnold

"This Is It"

Michael Jackson fever continues to rage, nearly eight months after the King of Pop’s death.

Is It," the concert film about the comeback tour that never happened,
shot to No. 1 on the national home video sales charts its first week in
stores, selling through to consumers an estimated 1.2 million copies,
according to Home Media Magazine market research.

That’s believed to be a record for first-week sales of a music film.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment release also was the No. 1 Blu-ray
Disc seller for the week ending Jan. 31, according to Nielsen VideoScan
research. Of the film’s total disc sales, 21% were on Blu-ray Disc.

Is It" was released simultaneously in Japan and, according to Sony,
beat expectations there as well.

"This Is It" debuted at No. 5 on the rental chart.

DVD-Blu-ray records for ‘This Is It’

Title sells $18 million in its first day in Japan

and Blu-ray discs of the Michael Jackson documentary "This Is It"
racked up $18 million in sales on the title’s first day of release in
Japan — a new record, according to the Oricon rating service.

accounted for $11.3 million and Blu-ray discs $6.7 million on Jan. 26.
This smashes the previous DVD opening-day record of $6.2 million held
by the Hayao Miyazaki toon "Ponyo," which was the bestselling DVD of

Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that "This Is
It" will not be available for rental on discs. But docu will be run on
pay TV services.

The documentary earned $58 million in theatrical release in Japan — about 25% of its worldwide box office take.


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