Taylor Swift performs onstage during her The Eras Tour concert at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington on July 22, 2023.
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Taylor Swift looks to break more box office records as her concert film Eras Tour hits theaters.
Box office analysts initially assumed that the singer’s film would be released in theaters on November 5th.
In AMC Entertainment’s initial announcement regarding ticket availability for the Eras Tour concert film, the company said audiences will be able to “watch showtimes and purchase tickets through November 5th.”
AMC clarified on Friday that Nov. 5 was the deadline for the first available tickets for the film when pre-sales began.
The extra time in the theater can only benefit the film and the box office. Swift’s Eras Tour has already broken records and helped the theater industry survive a tight release calendar.
Heading into the weekend, The Eras Tour film has collected $150 million domestically and more than $200 million worldwide. According to Comscore, these worldwide sales represent more than 18% of the film’s total worldwide box office total of $1.092 billion since its October 13 release.
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“It was a remarkable, unique, record-breaking and influential run for The Eras Tour, not to mention a huge win for Taylor Swift and the theater owners,” said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com.
Swift is expected to bring in another $10 million domestically this weekend and the film could once again be No. 1 at the box office.
To date, the film “The Eras Tour” is the highest-grossing domestic and global concert film of all time, but is just behind the concert documentary “Michael Jackson’s This Is It”‘s worldwide gross of $262.5 million.
Box Office Records (Taylor’s Version)
- Highest opening weekend for a concert film: Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour – $92.8 million
- Largest domestic release of a concert film: Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour – 3,855 locations
- Concert film with the highest grossing figures domestically: Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour – $150 million and counting
- The most successful concert film worldwide: Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour – $203.8 million and counting
- World’s most successful concert film documentary: “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” – $262.5 million
The release of Swift’s concert film came at the right time. Labor strikes in Hollywood led to several films being pulled from the theatrical calendar, including the highly anticipated “Dune: Part Two” from Warner Bros. Discovery and Legendary Entertainment.
“One film can make all the difference,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “This incredible box office performance is even more impressive considering the film was released in a shorter amount of time, essentially playing four days a week on big screens.”
Swift’s unique release, coupled with her decision to distribute the film through theater chain AMC rather than a traditional Hollywood studio, has also led to increased speculation about where the concert film will land on streaming.
Taylor Swift’s previous films
- Taylor Swift: Journey to Fearless (2010): aired on The Hub, now renamed Discovery Family, and then made available on DVD
- Taylor Swift: Speak Now World Tour Live (2011): made available on DVD
- The 1989 World Tour Live (2015): released via Apple Music
- Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour (2018): Streaming on Netflix
- Taylor Swift: City of Lover concert (2020): ABC TV special
- Miss Americana (2020): Streaming on Netflix
- Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions (2020): Streaming on Disney+
Currently, Swift appears to be waiting for the SAG-AFTRA strike to end before negotiating with streamers for the rights to her concert film. The film is highly sought after in the industry and a huge bidding war is expected.
Swift has previously worked with Apple Music, Netflix and Disney to release film versions of her concerts and documentary projects.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that it would be the final weekend in theaters for the Eras Tour film. Headline and story have been corrected.
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