The 10 highest-grossing concert films at the cinema

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Billboard has published a list of the highest-grossing concert films in cinema history. Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, One Direction, they’re all there!

Concert films are an opportunity for the audiences of certain stars to attend a tour and discover what goes on behind the scenes without leaving their city or country of origin. Often successful, these productions are an important source of income for artists, in addition to expanding their communities.

The media Billboard has released a ranking of the 10 highest-grossing box office concert films of all time, and the top spot is no surprise at all.

10. “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie,” 2011

The musical TV series “Glee” broadcast between 2009 and 2015 was able to create a significant fanbase. Viewed millions of times, the program was presented in two musical tours in 2010 and 2011. It was during this last American tour that the images for “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie” were filmed.

With a hefty result of 11.9 million dollars, the gang of Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Dianna Aggron is placed in 10th place in this ranking.

Estimated revenue: $11.9 million

9. “Madonna: Truth or Dare,” 1991

In 1990, the Queen of Pop began a world tour. Initially planned to be a classic concert film, “Truth or Dare” will evolve into a documentary focusing on the behind-the-scenes of this tour. Director Alek Kesishian revealed that he was fascinated by the excitement behind the artist’s concerts.

Although criticized, the film still achieved the feat of being placed in 9th place in the ranking.

Estimated revenue: $15 million

8. “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience,” 2009

Although very young, the Jonas Brothers were at the top of their form in 2009. The American boy band was melting young girls around the world, so it’s no surprise that movie theaters were full when it was released. from the tour film “The Burning Up”.

The music album released three days before the film also placed very well in the top 200 when it was released.

Estimated revenue: $19 million

7. “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” 2012

The first film to exceed the $20 million mark, “Katy Perry: Part of Me” traces the singer’s “California Dreams” world tour. Unveiled shortly after the colossal album “Teenage Dreams”, the film explores the star’s relationship with fame.

Estimated revenue: $25 million

6. “One Direction: This Is Us”, 2013

It’s hard to find a group as adored as One Direction, before their breakup! So at the height of his career, Harry Styles’ band continued touring, which gave birth to “This Is Us”.

A film including images of the boys during their performance at the O2 Arena in London, but also of certain lives before and after their participation in the show “X-Factor”.

Estimated revenue: $28 million

5. “Renaissance: A film by Beyoncé”, 2023

The most recent film to enter this ranking is by Queen B, herself! A colossal production lasting more than 2h30, “Renaissance” retraces the star’s journey during his “Renaissance Tour” in 2023.

On the program: a dive into the singer’s immense community, interventions from stars such as Diana Ross, Cardi B or Megan Thee Stallion, and the opportunity to watch the best performances by Jay-Z’s wife!

Estimated revenue: $31 million

4. “Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, 2008

Miley Cyrus and her alter-ego Hannah Montana were only 15 years old when this movie was released. In full promotion of her second album, the singer revealed thanks to Disney Channel invites her fans to immerse themselves in her “Best of Both Worlds Tour”.

An event tour which brings together Billy-Ray Cyrus – the singer’s father – but also the Jonas Brothers, who take care of the interlude of the concerts, no less!

Estimated revenue: $65 million

3. “Michael Jackson: This is It,” 2009

Only four months after the tragic and unexpected death of the King of Pop, “This is It” was released in theaters. We discover Michael Jackson behind the scenes of his concerts, his dance and singing rehearsals, as well as his interactions with his teams.

Touching and instructive, this dive into intimacy is not strictly speaking a concert film, but its themes and shots are nevertheless very close.

Estimated revenue: $72 million

2. “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” 2011

An ode to perseverance and resilience, “Never Say Never” and its colossal entries show the weight of Justin Bieber on the music scene. As adored as criticized, the young singer, then aged 16, left his mark on an entire generation.

The film immerses spectators in the 2010 tour, at the very beginning of the career of the artist who had already acquired the status of world star.

Estimated revenue: $73 million

1. “Taylor Swift; The Eras Tour, 2023

Who else ? Only Taylor Swift can earn $100 million more than second place in this ranking, and climb to first place.

Filmed during the singer’s three concerts in California, the film shows the best performances of the historic “Eras Tour”.

When it comes to fan reception of the film, the numbers speak for themselves. The box office score of “Eras Tour” exceeded that of most films released at the same time. An absolute record that seems unbeatable, at least until the singer’s next film!

Estimated revenue: $179 million


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