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On its opening night, 'This Is It,' the heavily anticipated documentary detailing the planned Michael Jackson tour of the same name, set a box office record for an October Tuesday, grossing $2.2 million, according to Variety.

The film, playing in more than 3,500 theatres nationwide (and thousands more in the 97 countries it has opened in), has already surpassed last night's number for Wednesday. Sony, the studio that paid $60 million to concert promoter AEG Entertainment to distribute the film, has yet to release international numbers, but it is widely expected that the film will do as well overseas. The studio plans to have the movie out for 16 days, but has hinted at extending the film's run if necessary. On its opening night, 'This Is It,' the heavily anticipated documentary detailing the planned Michael Jackson tour of the same name, set a box office record for an October Tuesday, grossing $2.2 million, according to Variety.

The film, playing in more than 3,500 theatres nationwide (and thousands more in the 97 countries it has opened in), has already surpassed last night's number for Wednesday. Sony, the studio that paid $60 million to concert promoter AEG Entertainment to distribute the film, has yet to release international numbers, but it is widely expected that the film will do as well overseas. The studio plans to have the movie out for 16 days, but has hinted at extending the film's run if necessary.

'This Is It', which distills more than 100 hours of footage shot of Jackson weeks before his death in June, has drawn generally good reviews, with Roger Ebert calling it "an extraordinary documentary," though The Washington Post speculated that "Jackson would never, ever want us to see this film." But critical acclaim seems to be irrelevant, as devout fans eager to see the last vestiges of the King of Pop flood the theaters.

The question now is: Will it surpass 'Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert''s $31.1 million opening weekend, the highest-grossing concert opening on record?

Jackson's 50 planned comeback shows in London over the summer all sold out in less than a few hours.