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Tickets for Jackson Movie Gone in 2 Hours

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    A tribute to Michael Jackson has been set for Sept. 26, in Vienna.

    Michael Jackson fans in downtown Los Angeles needed just two hours to snap up 3,000 tickets Sunday for advance screenings of a documentary about the entertainer.

    Fans began lining up  for those tickets Thursday.

    Advance tickets for the Michael Jackson rehearsal- footage film "This Is It" were selling rapidly around the globe, including  more than 30,000 tickets sold within 24 hours in London, Sony Pictures  Entertainment officials said. According to Sony, more than 30,000 tickets for the film were sold in 24  hours in London, easily outpacing advance sales for films including the "Harry Potter" series and "The Lord of the Rings."

    In Japan, more than $1  million in ticket sales were recorded within the first 24 hours.

    The film opens Oct. 28, but some markets will have advance screenings  beginning the night of Oct. 27.

    Sony also reported rapid sell-outs in France, where thousands of fans  lined up at The Grand Rex in Paris for a shot at tickets. Record-setting sales  also were recorded in Germany, Holland, Sweden, Belgium and New Zealand.

    The film is expected to be in theaters for only two weeks. The film was  compiled from more than 100 hours of rehearsal footage taken between April and  June at Staples Center and the Forum in Inglewood, where the King of Pop was  preparing for a series of 50 sold-out London concerts.

    The movie will also include a retrospective of his career and interviews  with friends and collaborators.

    Proceeds from the film will benefit the Michael Jackson Family Trust.

    Jackson died June 25 from an overdose of a prescription sedative.