With seemingly little to no marketing behind it, Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour concert film managed to top this weekend’s box office with a solid haul of between $91-97 million (reports vary). While some pundits had speculated the movie would open to $100 million, it’s still a ludicrously good debut for a film announced just six weeks ago. Overseas, Eras Tour opened to about $33 million, racking up a total of around $125 million. It has now become the highest-grossing concert film ever.
To get a better sense of just how monumental this opening is, the closest competitor this weekend was The Exorcist: Believer and it only earned $11 million. While this is the second weekend for The Exorcist and word of mouth has been poor, I doubt debuting alongside Taylor Swift would have changed much. Swifties were just dying to see their idol on the big screen.
In third came Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie with an extra $7 million. While the domestic total of Paramount’s family-friendly animated dog film isn’t the greatest at just $49.9 million, the worldwide box office has surpassed $126 million and has firmly cemented the movie as a success. The same can be said of Saw X, which added $5.7 million this weekend for a domestic total of $41.1 million with the overseas box office hitting $85 million.
Beyond this point, the returns for everything else in the top 10 are simply dire. We’re in the slow season before all of the Oscar-bait films start hitting theaters. The Eras Tour film is more of an anomaly than anything, but we all should have seen it coming. Taylor Swift simply doesn’t miss.
Here are the top 10 movies for the weekend of October 13-15, 2023. All totals listed are domestic:
- Taylor Swift|The Eras Tour – $97 million
- The Exorcist: Believer – $11 million
- Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie – $7 million
- Saw X – $5.7 million
- The Creator – $4.3 million
- A Haunting in Venice – $2 million
- The Blind – $1.95 million
- The Nun II – $1.6 million
- The Equalizer 3 – $960,000
- Dumb Money – $920,000