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From ABC News:

LOS ANGELES – Michael Jackson’s fans are ready to rock with him one last time, as next month’s “This Is It” movie about the late pop star breaks records for advance ticket sales, the studio behind the film said on Monday.

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Based on rehearsal footage of Jackson taken in the weeks before the “Thriller” singer’s death, the film does not open until October 28. But early sales began on Sunday, resulting in hundreds of sold-out shows in North America alone.

Cities with particularly strong sales include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and New York, said Sony Pictures Entertainment, the division of Sony Co that produced the film from “High School Musical” director Kenny Ortega.

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Outside the United States, more than $1 million in tickets were sold in Japan on the first day they were available, which was a record, Sony Pictures said.

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