%photo13%Justin Bieber lost out at the Grammys for Best New Artist
and Best Pop Album, and he also came in a close second at the box office this weekend.
His new concert documentary, "Never Say Never," earned $30.2 million, just
below Adam Sandler's Just Go With It, which earned $30.5 million.
That also puts Bieber second behind Miley Cyrus on our
list of the best opening weekends of all time for concert movies.
Her "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert
Tour" opened to $31 million in 2008.
It's a strong opening for Bieber, but he has a long way
to go if he's going to beat the highest-grossing concert film of all
time: "This Is It." The film, which hit theaters just four months after
Michael Jackson died, featured rehearsal footage from the world tour the singer
was working on when he passed away. The film grossed an amazing $261 million,
$190 million of which was earned overseas. That ranks the film first on our
list of the Top-Grossing Concert Films of all time.
had the kind of global appeal that few musicians can compete with. Miley Cyrus'
movie earned only $5 million internationally. That movie's $70 million in
box-office earnings ranks it second on our list (which does not
include "Never Say Never" since the film just opened).
Concert movies can be tricky. In the '80s, concert films
like "Stop Making Sense" and "Rattle and Hum" gave devoted fans
the chance to see their favorite bands in a concert-like setting but at
one-tenth the price. They also made for collectible CDs and DVDs
But those movies often appeared in only a few theaters or
for only a limited time. "Stop Making Sense," a concert film about The
Talking Heads from director Jonathan Demme, played in only seven theaters for
one week so the fact that it earned $5 million is very impressive.
Concert movies got a little bigger, and a little more
lucrative, in the '90s with films like "Madonna: Truth or Dare." The 1991
movie promised to give fans a look at the racy backstage antics at a Madonna
concert. It earned $29 million at the global box office and ranks third on our
Concert films really took off in the last few years with
the growth of 3-D. U2 filmed their second concert film in 2008: U2 3D. The
film earned $23 million at the box office, making it the fifth-highest-grossing
concert film of all time. It brought in $14 million more than the band's 1998
concert film "Rattle and Hum."
Where will Bieber's film fit in? Only time will tell. If
the movie has legs, it could easily earn $100 million. Not a bad payday for
Bieber and Paramount Pictures considering the film cost only an estimated $12
million to make.
See a clip from 'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never':
- Miley Cyrus