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Taylor Swift conquers box office, shatters records with concert film

After her sold-out stadium tour, pop superstar  Taylor Swift  filled movie theaters with screaming fans as her concert film took in an estimated $96 million in its opening weekend in North America, smashing records in the category.

“This is a sensational domestic opening,” said analyst  David A. Gross  of Franchise Entertainment Research.

While ticket sales for  Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour  – which features scenes from three concerts – were below some estimates for the Friday-through-Sunday period, they were still “giant numbers” that dwarfed other concert films, Gross said.

Multi-Grammy award winner Taylor Swift

Up to now, he noted, the biggest domestic concert films were 2011’s  Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, which finished its run with total earnings of $73 million, and 2009’s  Michael Jackson’s This Is It, at $72.1 million.

Swift surpassed those titles in three days, making this the biggest box office weekend since this summer’s simultaneous releases of  Barbie  and  Oppenheimer.

Far behind in second place for the weekend was Blumhouse and Universal’s scary sequel  Exorcist: Believer, with estimated ticket sales of $11 million, industry watcher  Exhibitor Relations  reported.  Leslie Odom Jr.  and  Ann Dowd  star in the horror flick, 50 years after the 1973 original.

In third was Paramount’s family-friendly animation  Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie, at $7 million. The Paw pups are voiced by  Taraji P. Henson, Chris Rock, Serena Williams, and  McKenna Grace.

Fourth place went to Lionsgate’s blood-soaked  Saw X, with $5.7 million in ticket sales. The latest in the  Saw  series, with  Tobin Bell  as the frightening Jigsaw, has received positive reviews.

And in fifth was 20th Century’s sci-fi film  The Creator, at $4.3 million. It has  John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Ken Watanabe,  and  Allison Janney  fighting a war against artificial intelligence.

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