Justin Bieber beats Michael Jackson at US box office

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A 2009 documentary showing Michael Jackson as he rehearsed at L.A.'s Staples Center for his concert series of the same name. The pop icon's last tour was scheduled to start on July 13, 2009, but was canceled due to his tragic passing on June 25, 2009.
March 21st, 2011

Justin Bieber's new movie has overtaken Michael Jackson's documentary 'This Is It' as the most successful concert-themed film in US history.

The 17-year-old singer's 'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3-D' has already surpassed the deceased King of Pop's posthumous release, earning $72.2 million in the US since it was released in February, compared to Michael's $72.1 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

However, it has not beaten the worldwide record - with 'This Is It' earning $189.1 million overseas compared to just $10.8 million for Justin.

It is believed the decision to release a director's cut of the movie - including 40 minutes of extra footage - for a limited period in the US and Canada helped to increase repeat ticket sales and profits in North America.

Director Jon M. Chu said: "I realised I had an embarrassment of riches when I was I in the cutting room. This cut allows me to retain some of the best scenes from the original movie, while incorporating previously unseen footage and new material I shot during our extensive promotional tour on behalf of the movie. Justin's dedication to his fan base is unwavering and I was inspired as a filmmaker to attempt to provide them a unique experience that showed even more of his world."

Adam Goodman, President of Paramount Film Group, added: "It is a testament to the professionalism and tenacity of Jon and the production team for turning around this new version of 'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3D' director's fan cut in only a few months, giving fans an even deeper look into Justin's life."