Taylor Swift, the queen of breaking records and selling anything from football jerseys to seemingly ranch, has done it again. Her new concert film, Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, had the biggest opening weekend ever for a concert film, grossing an estimated $126 million globally, with $95 million coming from domestic sales and an additional $31 million from international territories. The PG-13 film, which recorded six performances from Swift's record-breaking Eras Tour at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles into a nearly three-hour-long, career-spanning show, was released in theatres on October 13, 2023. It added Thursday preview screenings at the last minute, which grossed $2.8 million.
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour is a concert film directed by Sam Wrench that follows Swift and her dancers onstage as she plays 40 songs from 10 albums. Tickets cost $19.89 for adults, the year she was born, and $13.13 for children under 12 and people over 60. The previous record for a concert film opening weekend was Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, which made $73 million domestically and $138 million worldwide in 2011. Swift's film has already surpassed that record by a significant margin. It is expected to continue to perform at the box office in the coming weeks.
Swifties are not alone in delivering praise to the All Too Well singer. Billboard's Katie Atkinson says Taylor Swift's Eras Tour concert film is a must-see for all fans, whether you saw the tour live or not. She wrote, "Whether you never attended The Eras Tour or you went dozens of times, you will leave this movie with a new perspective of the career-spanning trek. While front-row fans or the JumboTron cameras might have captured a cute facial expression or dance move here and there, the cameras caught everything, making it feel like you're onstage with Swift and crew."
However, Taylor might have competition for her title on the horizon. Beyoncé has teamed up with AMC Theaters to release a concert film of her Renaissance World Tour, titled Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé, which will open in theaters on December 1, 2023. Given the Lemonade singer's tour contributed $4.5 billion to the American economy, on par with the Beijing Olympic Games, and grossed $2.1 billion for herself, Beyonce's new film may beat Taylor's shiny new record.