(Los Angeles) American pop superstar Taylor Swift filled cinemas across North America over the weekend with Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, filmed during her eponymous tour.
According to estimates, the film grossed $96 million in its first weekend of release. “This is an extraordinary debut,” said analyst David A. Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research.
Box office sales between Friday and Sunday for this opus which includes scenes filmed during three different concerts were certainly lower than certain forecasts, but these remain “gigantic figures”, according to the expert.
So far, he notes, the prize for the best grossing films filmed on concerts went to Justin Bieber with Never Say Never, which collected a total of 73 million dollars in 2011, and the film This Is It, released a few months after Michael Jackson’s death in 2009, with $72.1 million.
Taylor Swift shattered those records in just three days, making it the best weekend at the North American box office since this summer’s simultaneous release of Barbie and Oppenheimer.
The AMC theater chain that distributes the film encouraged spectators to dance, sing, and generally act as if they were at a real concert.
Far behind, in second place, is The Exorcist: Believer, which grossed $11 million, according to specialist firm Exhibitor Relations.
Leslie Odom Jr. and Ann Dowd star in this new horror film, 50 years after the original.
In third place, we find the animated children’s film PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie with seven million dollars in tickets sold at the box office.
This was followed by another horror film, Saw X ($5.7 million), which received positive reviews in the press.
Sci-fi film The Creator, which pits John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Ken Watanabe and Allison Janney against artificial intelligence, is in fifth place with $4.3 million.
6. A Haunting in Venice (2,1 millions de dollars)
7. The Blind (2 millions)
8. The Nun II (1,6 million)
9. The Equalizer 3 (960 000 dollars)
10. Dumb Money (920 000 dollars)