Taylor Swift’s ‘Eras Tour’ Film Could Become Highest Grossing Concert Film In Its Opening Weekend—Here’s The Top 10


Some box office projections for the opening weekend of Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, a concert film for the singer’s blockbuster tour, are as high as $100 million, per a Deadline report, meaning Swift could vault herself to the top of the list of highest grossing concert films after only a few days in theaters.

Key Facts

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour hits theaters October 13 at AMC and Cinemark locations across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Like the tour, which has been a massive financial success and may become the highest grossing tour of all time, Swift’s concert film is expected to be a box office hit: $65 million in advance tickets have already been sold, Deadline reported.

Just $65 million would already place Swift’s film within the top four highest grossing concert films of all time at the domestic box office—but some distribution sources told Deadline the opening weekend could be as high as $100 million, surpassing the total domestic box office gross of every other concert film.

Top 10 Concert Films At The Domestic Box Office

  1. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011): $73,013,910
  2. This Is It (Michael Jackson) (2009): $72,091,016
  3. Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (2008): $65,281,781
  4. One Direction: This Is Us (2013): $28,873,374
  5. Part of Me (Katy Perry) (2012): $25,326,071
  6. Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009): $19,162,740
  7. Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991): $15,012,935
  8. Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011): $11,862,398
  9. U2 (2008): $10,363,341
  10. U2: Rattle and Hum (1988): $8,600,823

Top 10 Concert Film Opening Weekends

  1. Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (2008): $31,117,834
  2. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011): $29,514,054
  3. This Is It (Michael Jackson) (2009): $23,234,394
  4. One Direction: This Is Us (2013): $15,815,497
  5. Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009): $12,510,374
  6. Part of Me (Katy Perry) (2012): $7,138,266
  7. Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011): $5,961,231
  8. U2: Rattle and Hum (1988): $3,821,351
  9. BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul (2019): $2,860,016
  10. Burn the Stage: The Movie (2018): $2,420,197

Surprising Fact

Should Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour achieve, or get close to, a $100 million opening weekend, it could notch one of the biggest opening weekends for any film this year so far. Barbie had the largest opening weekend so far this year, making $162 million at the domestic box office—but the Eras Tour film could eclipse Barbie’s rival film, Oppenheimer, which made $82 million in its opening weekend. A $100 million domestic opening weekend would be the sixth largest so far this year, behind Barbie, The Super Mario Bros. Movie ($146 million), Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse ($120 million), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 ($118 million) and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania ($106 million). Other big opening weekends that Eras Tour could surpass include The Little Mermaid ($95 million), John Wick: Chapter 4 ($73 million), Fast X ($67 million) and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny ($60 million).

Key Background

The high demand to see Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour in theaters mirrors the unprecedented demand its namesake tour experienced. Swift announced the Eras Tour, a celebration of all of her albums, on November 1. Tickets went on sale two weeks later, but fans experienced hours-long queues and website failures because of what Ticketmaster called “historically unprecedented” demand. As with the actual tour, many fans had to wait in a queue to purchase the concert film tickets through AMC. The Eras Tour kicked off in March in Glendale, Arizona, and the U.S. leg concluded on August 9 in Los Angeles.

Further Reading

‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour’ Concert Movie Now Seeing $65 Million+ In Presales; $100M Box Office Opening Within Reason (Deadline)

Taylor Swift’s ‘The Eras Tour’ Movie Coming To Theaters—Joining Justin Bieber, BTS And Miley Cyrus On The Big Screen (Forbes)

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