Michael Jackson ‘This Is It’ Tops ‘Paranormal Activity’ at Weekend Box Office

The Michael Jackson documentary This Is it took over at number one in the weekend box office, pushing low-budget horror hit Paranormal Activity down to the number two spot.


This Is It landed at number one at the box office over the weekend, raking in a domestic total of $21.3 million. The film has so far garnered over $101 million worldwide since its release five days ago.

Low-budget horror darling Paranormal Activity slipped to number two in the box office over the weekend, raking in $16.5 million, for a total of $84.8 million overall. Not too shabby for a film reportedly filmed for somewhere around $15,000 and purchased for only $300,000 by Paramount. In contrast, Sony Pictures paid $60 million for the film rights to This Is It.

Sony has announced it will extend the theatrical run for This Is It for an additional three weeks in the U.S. and one to three weeks overseas.

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