A who’s who of Hollywood stars, as well a few who’s that, all showed up for the New York and Los Angeles premieres of Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” film. Tracking estimates for the new film vary widely but early predictions have the movie taking in anywhere from 36 million to 62 million in the first five days of release. Whether the film will open at #1 is obviously still up in the air. However, the soundtrack to the album will definitely debut at the top of the album chart next week. Early projections suggest the “This Is It” soundtrack will sell between 300,000 and 350,000.
Jackson already owns the year’s best-selling album with his 2004 hits package “Number Ones” — 2 million and counting. Additionally, his 1983 blockbuster “Thriller” is the year’s 11th best-seller (1.1 million) and 2005’s “The Essential Michael Jackson” is the 15th biggest (986,000).
“Thriller” marked his first No. 1. The follow-ups, “Bad,” “Dangerous,” “HIStory” and “Invincible,” also hit the top.
The “This Is It” album contains 14 studio recordings of Jackson’s hits like “Billie Jean” and “Beat It” and two versions of the from-the-vaults title track, which plays over the film’s end credits. It also includes three demo recordings and a spoken word poem titled “Planet Earth.”