Pre-order ticket sales for the film shot on the first leg of Taylor Swift’s “Eras Tour” surpassed $100 million worldwide, setting a new box office record for a feature film with concert footage, cinema chain AMC announced Thursday.
Taylor Swift – The Years Tour is scheduled to open in 8,500 theaters in 100 countries on October 13.
The film project has already become the highest-grossing concert film ever, surpassing “Justin Bieber,” which was released in 2011 and earned $99 million: “Never Say Never,” which was released in 2011 and earned $99 million.
THIS IS IT,” which grossed $261 million at the worldwide box office, is not considered a concert film because it merely documents the concert preparations of singer Michael Jackson, who died before the tour began.
Although “Taylor Swift – The Eras Tour” was originally intended to be released only in the United States, the American singer ultimately opted to make it a worldwide event.
Contacted by AFP, a spokesman for AMC Group said the $100 million in revenue was earned by all theaters that will show the film, including the Cineplex networks in Canada and Cinepolis in Mexico.
Of the 8,500 theaters targeted, 4,000 are in North America.
The all-time record for grosses by a film in its first weekend of October screenings in North America is $96 million, set by “The Joker” in 2019.
“Taylor Swit – The Eras Tour” could top $100 million in its three-day opening weekend (Oct. 13-15) in North America, says Jeff Bock, an analyst at Exhibitor Relations, a specialist film company.
The two-hour, 48-minute film features footage shot during Taylor Swift’s three concerts at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, a suburb of Los Angeles, in early August.
Taylor Swift could cross the symbolic $1 billion mark, money earned from a tour
The American artist’s “Eras” world tour has 146 concerts so far.
According to Pollstar, a magazine dedicated to living artists, each of the US pop star’s concerts generates $13m in revenue, which means the total revenue from her world tour will be around $1.9bn.
Never before has an individual artist or group surpassed the symbolic $1 billion threshold from a tour.