Before ‘Part Of Me’ is released, MTV News takes a look back at recent concert flicks from fellow pop stars like Justin Bieber.
By Jocelyn Vena
After rumors hit the Web earlier this year that the pop singer was in talks to bring her brand of cotton-candy eye candy to a theater near you, on Wednesday, MTV News confirmed that the flick, named after her current Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection single, will be the latest spectacle to hit the cineplex.
Over the last few years, it has become quite popular for pop stars to film their concerts and bring them to theaters in 3-D. Perry now joins the ranks of “Glee,” Miley Cyrus (and her alter-ego Hannah Montana), the Jonas Brothers, Michael Jackson, and, of course, Justin Bieber. So, in the end, did those movies live up to the hype?
“Glee: The 3D Concert Movie”
Released in August 2011, the “Glee” concert movie opened to lots of promotion and hype. Given all the buzz and fandom around the TV show, it seemed poised for big-screen success. However, in its disappointing first week at the box office, it grossed just $5.7 million and landed in 11th place.
“Justin Bieber: Never Say Never”
Justin Bieber hit box-office gold with his part biopic/ part concert flick. The Jon Chu-directed film serves as the gold standard of 3-D concert film releases busting records and raking in tons of dough. Opening over Valentine’s Day weekend in 2011, in its opening day it made $12.4 million and nabbed $29.5 million in its opening weekend.
Currently it holds several U.S. records for its theater run, including being the highest-grossing concert movie since 1984 and the third-highest-grossing documentary since 1982. It probably didn’t hurt that weeks after the first release, Paramount also dropped “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – Director’s Fan Cut” to give fans even more Bieber for their pleasure.
“Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert”
The film, released at the height of Hannah Montana fandom, grossed a whopping $31.1 million in its one-week, limited-engagement run in February 2008. With a budget of $7 million, it eventually went on to gross $70 million worldwide. As if that wasn’t enough success surrounding it, months later, when it premiered on Disney in July, it averaged 5.9 million viewers, and another viewing later that month averaged 20.6 million viewers.
“Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience”
In early 2009, the Jonas Brothers went on the road, flying around the country to special screenings of their 3-D flick to get fans hyped for the release. Filmed during their 2008 tour, it also featured cameos from their superstar pals Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato, as well as eye-catching renditions of their biggest hits. However, in the end, while it didn’t do terribly (it made $19.1 million domestically), it also didn’t live up to expectations.
“Michael Jackson: This Is It”
Released posthumously in 2009, “This Is It” documents the rehearsals that went into what would have been Jackson’s great return to the stage. Directed by Kenny Ortega, it was released in October 2009 and gave Jackson’s fans a final glimpse at the star, just days before he passed away in June 2009. The flick raked in $72 million domestically and $261 million worldwide.
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