By Andy Malt | Published on Thursday 22 November 2018
One Direction? Who? They’re yesterday’s news, mate. If they were anyone to be bothered thinking about, they’d hold the record for most concert film cinema tickets sold. And they don’t. I mean, they did, until this week, but now it’s those K-pop tykes BTS who can brag about that particular achievement.
According to film distributor Trafalgar Releasing, BTS film ‘Burn The Stage: The Movie’, sold 1.4 million tickets in cinemas worldwide following its release on 15 Nov. This beats the 1.2 million achieved by One Direction’s ‘Where We Are’ film in 2014.
And it’s not just a ticket sales record for concert films. The company reckons this is also a record for ‘event cinema’ in general – that being films put out in cinemas for a limited number of screenings, with often just one screening per cinema.
The BTS film was screened in 2650 cinemas, across 79 territories, grossing $14 million worldwide. In the US, despite only being available in 617 cinemas – about 10% of the country’s movie theatres – it was the tenth most popular film out last weekend. This made it the highest grossing concert film of all time in the US. So there’s another record for you.
“BTS fans filled AMC theatres across the country”, says that US cinema chain’s Nikkole Denson-Randolph. “It’s exciting to feel the audience’s passion for this documentary film, starting from the moment the cinema events were announced”.
Confirming the popularity elsewhere, Johnny Carr of the US division of Vue Cinemas said: “At Vue, we were delighted to have welcomed so many fans to screenings of both ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ and ‘Burn The Stage: The Movie’. Events like these bring in new audiences to experience the power of the big screen. They afford artists the opportunity to give their fanbase a unique and unforgettable night out. The feedback from audiences has been incredible, with many BTS fans booking to see an additional encore performance”.
‘A Head Full Of Dreams’? What the hell is that? Well, you see, Trafalgar Releasing had another music film out last week: Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’. Released in 70 countries for one night only, it managed to shift just 300,000 tickets. Bad luck, losers. Get yourselves in the bin with One Direction.