There are mahoosive box-office openings and then there's Michael Jackson's posthumous concert movie This Is It, which, thanks to a global army of MJ devotees, comes straight in at number one in this week's box office, taking a colossal $101m in global receipts in the process.
Marketed by Sony as a farewell to the much-loved artist, This Is It premiered simultaneously around the world on Tuesday. In the five days since, it's made figures more usually associated with a summer tentpole release, accruing $32.5m in the US and $68m in all other countries. Japan went especially wacko for Jacko, contributing $10.4m to Sony's coffers.
It was a less gilded Halloween for Saw VI though. The franchise seems to have come out second best in a clash with the law of diminishing returns, pulling in a meagre $5.6m on its second weekend.