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This Is It -- A Thriller At The Box Office

Oct. 29 2009, Published 9:00 a.m. ET

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The Michael Jackson concert film This Is It took in an impressive $2.2 million dollars in late-night screenings in North America on Tuesday following its Los Angeles premiere.

The film opened in wider release on Wednesday, and ticket sales are said to be surpassing Tuesday night's sales. 

The 112-minute film -- now playing in 75 countries for a limited two-weel run -- showcases the King Of Pop's final set of rehearsals at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles this past spring, as he was preparing for this summer's planned residency at London's O2 Arena.

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Meanwhile, Michael's father Joe announced plans Wednesday to build a museum and performing arts centre in honor of his superstar son in Gary, Indiana, where the Jackson family once lived.

Gary's Mayor Rudolph Clay says the city will be donating 10 acres of vacant land to the project.

"Fans all over the world will be very proud when this takes place," Joe Jackson said. "It will be a great monument."

At this time, specific details of the project are not being released, so we don't know how much the project will cost, who will run it and when it will be completed.



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