For many people, there’s no greater thrill than the electric energy of a live concert. But no matter how dedicated of a fan you may be to a certain musician, it’s not always possible (or practical) to attend a concert.
Luckily for concert lovers, musicians often find ways to capture that lightning in a bottle in the form of concert movies. There’s no standard set up for these movies. Sometimes they focus on a certain performance and all the work and anticipation leading up to it. Other times they follow more elements of what’s happening in the artist’s life behind-the-scenes. But they always bring the excitement of live music to the big screen.
And, as a bonus, they can also be lucrative.
The landscape for concert experience entertainment has been rapidly changing. Instead of having a theatrical release for the concert movie, many artists are turning to deals with streaming networks. For instance, there’s Beyoncé’s reported $60 million deal with Netflix that includes her latest movie, “Homecoming,” and two other undisclosed projects. Taylor Swift also sold her “Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour” movie to Netflix for an undisclosed amount. These options are changing the landscape for what concert entertainment looks like.
But many artists are still opting for, and making good money with, more traditional theatrical movies. See: BTS. Here are some of the highest-grossing concert movies of all time in the U.S. These numbers come from BoxOfficeMojo and are ranked in order of overall domestic gross. The worldwide gross is included, but not always available or applicable to these movies.