From London to LA: Concert Films receiving massive premieres

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With 2023 being the year of concerts, with massive artists such as SZA, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars embarking on tours, the past months has definitely been a defining one for the music industry. However, there have also been some massive breakthroughs from musical artists into the cinemas, most notably Beyonce and Taylor Swift. 

Swift’s stadium Eras Tour, which has been named the highest grossing tour in history, has taken over pop culture by storm. She recently premiered “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” in AMC movie theaters. Self-directed by Swift, the movie was filmed during the first three nights of her LA tour stop. She then released the film for streaming on December 13, and it has been named the highest grossing tour film of all time. 

Swift additionally held a premiere in Los Angeles for her film Oct. 11, where she invited fans from over the world to come watch the show in thirteen different theaters with her. The premiere, held in the shopping mall, The Grove, went viral on TikTok bringing even more publicity to the film. This movie  ended up being the highest grossing concert film ever. 

Beyoncé, who has also been touring stadiums this summer for her Renaissance Tour, also released a tour film recently. Her film, “Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé,” just had a premiere in London Nov. 30. With over $36 million dollars in global grossing in the opening week, this tour film is another success that has helped the film industry grow. 

Swift’s film has been named in the top 20 highest grossing films in 2023, with some critics saying it saved the fall film industry. Overall, the rise of concert films has increased in popularity, as they act as an affordable alternative to attending a concert. With premieres making these tour films even more notable than before, movies about artists’ tours could become a whole new market in the film industry. With artists like Olivia Rodrigo starting to tour in 2024, there are even more possibilities for the trend to continue.

The Eras Tour concert film is now available on streaming platforms like Apple TV to rent or buy. With an audience score of 99% satisfaction, the film has an average score of 8.4 (on a one to ten scale). With three newly featured songs on streaming services that were not available in theaters, renting the movie comes with advantages and is another smart business move Swift makes to increase sales. (Photo/Emma Colarte Delgado)

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