Thirteen Theaters Filled With Swifties, Celebrities, and Even Beyonce!
Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated Eras Tour Concert Film premiered last night at the Grove’s AMC multiplex. “I appreciate you being here because this night is a core memory for me, and you’re a part of it,” Swift gushed to her fans.
Who Was There
Thirteen of the Grove’s theaters were filled with swifties and celebrities such as Rachel Zegler, Maren Morris, Simu Liu, Julia Garner, Mariska Hargitay, and Adam Sandler. Beyonce also made an appearance.
Swift and Beyonce have been on similar career tracks, headlining sold-out world tours and releasing concert films this fall/winter (Beyonce’s film, Renaissance, will be released through AMC in December). Such similarly successful powerhouses tend to get pitted against each other (take the 2009 VMAs, for example), so it’s nice to see Swift and Beyonce sharing the love.
After the premiere, Swift took to Instagram to thank Beyonce:
“I’m so glad I’ll never know what my life would’ve been like without @beyonce‘s influence. The way she’s taught me and every artist out here to break rules and defy industry norms. Her generosity of spirit. Her resilience and versatility. She’s been a guiding light throughout my career, and the fact that she showed up tonight was like an actual fairytale.”
What Did Swift Have To Say
Swift, decked out in a beautiful blue Oscar de la Renta dress, visited every theater to give a special introduction:
“Every single person in this theater has been hand-selected and hand-picked and invited to this night because you’ve shown some sort of extra type of support for this tour, and I appreciate that more than you could possibly know.”
She finished by thanking her fans for being a part of the film: “I think the fans will see — and the dancers, you’ll all see — how much you are main characters in this film. And I love you so much. I appreciate you being here because this night is a core memory for me, and you’re a part of it. And you decided you wanted to spend your evening here with us. So I really hope you have fun. I hope you love it so much.”
Swift, it seems, loved it just as much as her adoring fans. She sang and danced alongside them throughout the entirety of the film.
What Was In The Film
As promised, Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, directed by Sam Wrench, is an up-close look at the entirety of Swift’s Eras Tour show — from Fearless to Folklore to Midnights, Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour also serves as a documentation of Swift’s extensive discography and career. Notably, while the concert is 3 hours and 15 minutes long, the film is only 2 hours and 40 minutes — “The Archer,” “Cardigan,” “Wildest Dreams,” “Long Live,” and “No Body No Crime” were all cut.
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour was shot during Swift’s 6-night run at the SoFi stadium in Inglewood, a suburb of Los Angeles, but it does not go into any behind-the-scenes details. Instead, it feels as though it could be any of the 53 North American shows that Swift has performed thus far.
How Has It Been Received
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour has exceeded $100 million in advance ticket sales worldwide — in less than 24 hours, it broke AMC’s U.S. record for the highest ticket sales revenue during a single day in the company’s 103-year history. So, before it even premiered, it became the highest-grossing concert film in history (Sorry, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never).
It is projected to open with at least $100 million (though projections have been as high as $125 million) at the domestic box office. Internationally, the film aims to bring in an additional $30 million to $50 million. So, it is slated to achieve a worldwide opening of $150 million to $175 million. Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour could easily topple this year’s clear box office winner, Barbie, which came in at $162 million.
Whatever the numbers, this is a big win for theaters, which have been in jeopardy since the actors strike pushed back potential fall blockbuster films (like Dune).
When And Where Can We Watch It
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour was set to hit theaters on Friday. However, right before yesterday’s premier, Swift revealed that early access showings would be available on Thursday (today!).
“Look what you genuinely made me do: Due to unprecedented demand we’re opening up early access showings of The Eras Tour Concert Film on THURSDAY in America and Canada!!” she posted on social media. The film will be available internationally on Friday.
“I can’t thank you enough for wanting to see this film that vividly captures my favorite adventure I’ve ever been a part of: The Eras Tour. And the best part is, it’s an adventure we’re still on together,” she finished.
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (2023) Official Trailer