The Grove Theater closed its doors Wednesday night and rolled out a giant red carpet for the world premiere of Taylor Swift’s “Eras Tour” concert film in Los Angeles.
“I’m so grateful for you guys being here because this night is a core memory for me and you guys are a part of it,” Swift said before a crowd packed with Swift, celebrities including Beyoncé (and celebrities) Swift, Adam Sandler, Julia Garner, Maren Morris, Flava Flav, Karamo Brown, Hayley Kiyoko, Becca Tilley, Simu Liu, Molly Sims, Jennifer Meyer and Mariska Hargitay, as well as Grove owner Rick Caruso.
The Los Angeles strip mall was completely closed for the event, including all restaurants and shops, which left plenty of room for the Swifties to line up on the red carpet in their best “Bejeweled” outfits and friendship bracelets. sides and screamed the lyrics to Swift’s latest hit “Cruel Summer.”Instead of the usual Frank Sinatra standards blasting through the speakers, “Fearless” exploded in the parking lot type Pulled in.
Then, just before 6 p.m., the moment they’d been waiting for: Swift — in a gorgeous tanzanite Oscar de la Renta gown (she was in the “1989” era, after all) , accessorized with a diamond necklace and a glamorous curly bob – and strutted her way onto the red carpet.
In preparation for the event, some streets around the shopping mall were closed for much of Wednesday, with security directing guests to an entrance. But that didn’t stop large crowds from gathering on sidewalks and crosswalks to catch a glimpse of Swift. News helicopters also hovered overhead for several hours.
Fans cheered as the pop star posed for photos with her touring dancers in front of the AMC marquee. The volume only increased as Swift walked down the carpet to pose for selfies, sign autographs and accept their friendship bracelets.
Swift was also joined at the premiere by filmmaker Sam Wrench, whose team captured Swift’s epic concerts during three shows at Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium in August.
The movie “Eras Tour” hits 13 AMC theaters, and guests can enjoy free candy, cocktails, sodas and popcorn in buckets. After walking the carpet, Swift delivered a three-minute speech alone to the theater.
“Everyone in this theater has been hand-picked and invited to tonight’s show because you have shown some extra support for this tour, and I appreciate it more than you can imagine,” “Swift started, standing at the front of the auditorium. “I’m always looking for people who are highly passionate, have an incredible sense of humor online, and pay attention to detail. Those things are very important to me. So, thank you What you do brings us all together in this one room.”
Swift later marveled at her experience on the road, adding: “I’ve been enjoying doing it. I can’t believe I get to make music my career — it’s crazy. I’ve never been in my life. I have never had so much fun as I did on the Eras Tour. It was undoubtedly the most exciting experience of my life.”
The reason, she explains, is in large part due to her band, dancers and crew, who fill the various theater rooms.
“No matter what happens in our lives, rain or shine, in sickness and in health, we make this show. We do it with a smile on our face because of what’s waiting for us on the other side,” Swift continued. “What you do in the audience — the care and the preparation and the passion (and) intensity that you put into going to these shows. … You pull us out of anything that might be difficult in our lives. You make We lost track of 3.5 hours a night on that stage. So thank you so much for everything you did for us.”
As the audience cheered and applauded, Swift concluded her speech: “I think the fans will see — and the dancers will see — that you guys are the stars of this movie. And I love you so much. I’m so Thank you for being here because tonight is a core memory for me and you’re a part of it. You decided to spend your evening here with us. So I really hope you have a great time. Me Hope you enjoy it very much.”
Swift then heads to the final theater, where another team type Reporters were stationed.
“Hey, so you’re stuck with me because I’m going to sit with you and watch this,” Swift told the group. “Let’s have some fun guys. Thanks for coming!” she concluded her speech before sitting down next to her backing singer Garner and family. When the movie was revealed, Swift was spotted mimicking the hand choreography in “Willow” and singing along to every word — other times, she would point her finger at what was going on in the background or make weird noises during the show laugh. notes.
The positive vibe continued throughout the screening, ending with a grand dance number to the film’s closing song, “Karma.”
About an hour before the Los Angeles premiere, Swift announced that the Eras tour film would premiere a day early, with tickets going on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. and screenings starting at 6 p.m. that night because “it’s never been done before.” needs”.
“I really can’t wrap my head around this, but… Look what you’ve really made me do: Due to unprecedented demand, we’re going to premiere on Thursday Early screenings of The Eras tour film open in the US and Canada! Like…tomorrow.”
The film, a cinematic take on Swift’s record-breaking three-hour stadium tour, will play in 3,850 theaters across the United States and is expected to gross at least $100 million at the domestic box office. However, according to some estimates, the launch could cost as much as $125 million. Internationally, the film is playing in 4,150 theaters in 90 countries and is targeting an additional $30 million to $50 million. That would give the film a global debut of $150 million to $175 million.
According to its official distributor AMC Theatres, “Eras Tour” has exceeded $100 million in pre-sale tickets worldwide, both domestically and internationally. The film took less than 24 hours to break the U.S. record for the highest single-day box office revenue in AMC’s 103-year history. That means it enters theaters as the highest-grossing concert film in history, surpassing the genre’s previous record holder, 2011’s “Justin Bieber: Never Say Die” ($99 million).
The concert film was filmed after a U.S. tour, but Swift has added North American tour dates for fall 2024. She is currently in the middle of a long international tour and will tour the world in Asia and Europe next year.