Justin Bieber Beats Michael Jackson at the Box Office

| March 21, 2011 - 9:05 am

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Justin Bieber has dethroned the King of Pop – well, at the box office at least.

The 17-year-old’s concert documentary, Never Say Never, has topped Michael Jackson’s posthumous film, This Is It, in US box office sales. Since being released six weeks ago, Justin’s film has earned $72.2 million domestically while Michael’s film earned $72.1 million since it was released in 2009.

Watch the trailer for Never Say Never below.

Justin took his excitement at topping MJ to his Twitter account:

PROUD of #NEVERSAYNEVER3D and grateful 2 the fans 4 making it the #1 grossing concert doc of ALL TIME!! MJ is still the greatest! #HONORED but MJ is still and always will be the KING OF POP! and worldwide we got a long way to go. #MJtheGreatestEVER #SHOWRESPECTTOTHEKINGOFPOP

Jackson’s This Is It still holds the record for worldwide sales, having grossed $189.1 million overseas. Bieber’s Never Say Never has only snagged $10.8 million worldwide.

Watch the trailer for This Is It below.

Paramount Studios predicts that Never Say Never will ultimately earn $20 million internationally. Nothing to scoff at!

While Justin may not be able to top Jackson in the international markets, he has already beat out his fellow tweener pop stars in both domestic and international sales. The Jonas Brothers’ 2009 concert documentary, Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience, grossed $19 million in the US and only $4 million internationally while Miley CyrusHannah Montana grossed $65 million domestically and $5 million in foreign markets.

Meanwhile, Robert Pattinson has been doing some rumor control on an interview that Bieber allegedly did with UK tabloid, The People. In the interview, Bieber claims that RPattz gave him some flirting tips by telling him to encourage women to touch his hair.

“I’ve never met the guy,” Pattinson said of Bieber in an interview with MTV News. “I saw that [story] as well. I was like, ‘You’re really famous man — what are you doing?’ You don’t need to use me to make up stories!”

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