AMC Theatres Upped 2023 Revenue 24% Thanks to ‘Barbie,’ ‘Oppenheimer’ and Taylor Swift

AMC Theatres, the world’s largest movie exhibitor, reported 2023 revenue of $4.81 billion, up 19% from revenue of $3.91 billion during 2022. Revenue drivers included food and beverage (up 27.4%) to $1.67 billion, and “other” (up 14.1%) to $452 million, which includes gift cards, in-theatre advertising, package tickets and theater meetings.

The exhibitor, like the theatrical business in general, benefited from the outsized box office performance of Barbie — the top-grossing movie in 2023 — and Oppenheimer, which defied expectations approaching nearly $1 billion in ticket sales.

The increase in the average ticket price was primarily due to higher ticket prices for Taylor Swift / The Eras Tour and Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé and increased attendance for 3D content, partially offset by higher frequency of use by subscribers to A-List movie service, which affords members access to up to movies three times per week, including multiple movies per day.

AMC narrowed its fiscal year loss nearly 60% to $396.6 million from a net loss of $973.6 million in 2022.

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“Taylor’s movie in particular was the single highest-grossing movie of them all within the fourth quarter at the domestic box office and worldwide,” CEO Adam Aron said on the fiscal call. “At $275 million of gross, Taylor’s film also was the highest-grossing concert film of all time and the highest-grossing documentary of all time. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true.”

Nielsen: Super Bowl LVIII Most-Watched Big Game in Television History

It’s official. Super Bowl LVIII, which saw the reigning NFL champion Kansas City Chiefs defeat the San Francisco 49ers in overtime 25-22 on the last play, is the most-viewed Super Bowl ever, according to new Nielsen data.

The rating firm said an average of 123.4 million people either watched it on CBS, Nickelodeon, Univision broadcasts, and/or streaming platforms, which included Paramount+, CBS.com, CBS app and NFL+. That broke last year’s record of 115.1 million viewers.

The broadcast averaged 120.3 million viewers on CBS alone, making it the largest audience for a single-network telecast to date. An additional 2.3 million viewers watched the Spanish-language broadcast on Univision, and 1.2 million tuned in to watch the kid-friendly broadcast on Nickelodeon and Nick-at-Nite.

The ratings approached the all-time TV viewership record set in 1969 for Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong’s Moon landing.

Nielsen said upwards of 200 million watched at least part of the game, which is up from 184 million during last year’s Super Bowl LVII between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles.

The overtime thriller drew a combined average household rating of 43.5, and combined household share of 83. In total, year-over-year viewership was up 7.4% from 2023.

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Media observers contend the close game and massive pre-game hype surrounding Taylor Swift’s attendance — flying in from her Eras Tour concert stop in Tokyo to cheer on her Chiefs boyfriend Travis Kelce — helped lift non-football fan viewership.

“We are excited to work with the NFL, CBS, Paramount+, Nickelodeon and Univision to capture the full breadth of audience engagement for this record breaking Super Bowl,” Nielsen CEO Karthik Rao said in a statement.

Historical Super Bowl Audience Data

U.S. Television Audience Estimates

Super Bowl

Network(s)

Total Viewers P2+

HHLD Rating

Date

LVIII

CBS, Univision,

Nickelodeon, NAN

123,714,000

43.5

Feb. 11, 2024

LVII

FOX

FOX Deportes

115,096,000

40.7

Feb. 12, 2023

LVI

NBC

Telemundo

101,470,000

37.9

Feb. 13, 2022

LV

CBS

ESPN Deportes

95,877,000

38.4

Feb. 7, 2021

LIV

FOX

FOX Deportes

102,086,000

42.0

Feb. 2, 2020

LIII

CBS

ESPN Deportes

98,950,000

41.4

Feb. 3, 2019

LII

NBC

Universo

104,016,000

43.1

Feb. 4, 2018

LI

FOX

FOX Deportes

111,973,000

45.3

Feb. 5, 2017

SB 50

CBS

ESPN Deportes

112,336,000

46.6

Feb. 7, 2016

XLIX

NBC

Universo

114,810,000

47.5

Feb. 1, 2015

XLVIII

FOX

FOX Deportes

112,752,000

46.7

Feb. 2, 2014

XLVII

CBS

108,693,000

46.4

Feb. 3, 2013

XLVI

NBC

111,346,000

47.1

Feb. 5, 2012

XLV

FOX

111,041,000

46.0

Feb. 6, 2011

XLIV

CBS

106,476,000

45.0

Feb. 7, 2010

XLIII

NBC

98,732,000

42.0

Feb. 1, 2009

XLII

FOX

97,448,000

43.1

Feb. 3, 2008

XLI

CBS

93,184,000

42.6

Feb. 4, 2007

XL

ABC

90,745,000

41.6

Feb. 5, 2006

XXXIX

FOX

86,072,000

41.1

Feb. 6, 2005

XXXVIII

CBS

89,795,000

41.4

Feb. 1, 2004

XXXVII

ABC

88,637,000

40.7

Jan. 26, 2003

XXXVI

FOX

86,801,000

40.4

Feb. 3, 2002

XXXV

CBS

84,335,000

40.4

Jan. 28, 2001

XXXIV

ABC

88,465,000

43.3

Jan. 30, 2000

XXXIII

FOX

83,720,000

40.2

Jan. 31, 1999

XXXII

NBC

90,000,000

44.5

Jan. 25, 1998

XXXI

FOX

87,870,000

43.3

Jan. 26, 1997

XXX

NBC

94,080,000

46.0

Jan. 28, 1996

XXIX

ABC

83,420,000

41.3

Jan. 29, 1995

XXVIII

NBC

90,000,000

45.5

Jan. 30, 1994

XXVII

NBC

90,990,000

45.1

Jan. 31, 1993

XXVI

CBS

79,590,000

40.3

Jan. 26, 1992

XXV

ABC

79,510,000

41.9

Jan. 27, 1991

XXIV

CBS

73,852,000

39.0

Jan. 28, 1990

XXIII

NBC

81,590,000

43.5

Jan. 22, 1989

XXII

ABC

80,140,000

41.9

Jan. 31, 1988

XXI

CBS

87,190,000

45.8

Jan. 25, 1987

XX

NBC

92,570,000

48.3

Jan. 26, 1986

XIX

ABC

85,530,000

46.4

Jan. 20, 1985

XVIII

CBS

‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour’ Tops DEG Digital Transactions Chart for Week Ended Dec. 17

The concert film Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Extended Edition) was No. 1 on DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group’s top 10 digital sales and rentals chart provided by GfK Entertainment for the week ended Dec. 17.

The release, available for premium digital rental Dec. 13, Swift’s birthday, includes three songs from the tour not shown in theaters: “Long Live,” “The Archer” and “Wildest Dreams.”

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Next were two “Grinch” releases from Universal Pictures. No. 2 was 2000’s live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas, while No. 3 was 2018’s The Grinch animated movie.

No. 4 was Disney-owned 2oth Century Studios’ The Creator. Set amid a future war between humans and AI, it follows an ex-special forces agent (John David Washington) who is recruited to kill an AI architect who has developed a mysterious weapon that could end humankind.

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GfK Entertainment’s Top 10 Transactional Digital Titles for the week ended Dec. 17:

  1. Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Extended Version) (Universal)
  2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (Universal)
  3. The Grinch (Universal)
  4. The Creator (20th Century)
  5. The Equalizer 3 (Sony Pictures)
  6. Barbie (Warner)
  7. Oppenheimer (Universal)
  8. The Holiday (Sony Pictures)
  9. Elf (Warner)
  10. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Universal)

Digital Retailers Tout ‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Extended Version)’ PVOD Release

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Extended Version) is available now — streeting on Dec. 13, Swift’s birthday —for premium digital rental, and digital retailers are aggressively touting the release.

The release from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment includes three songs from the tour not shown in theaters: “Long Live,” “The Archer” and “Wildest Dreams.”

Vudu, Fandango’s transactional on-demand service is offering the film — which has earned $249.6 million at the global box office — in SD, HD and UHD for digital rental at $19.89. When fans rent Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Extended Edition) on Vudu, they get 13% off their next Vudu purchase. Additionally, viewers will be entered for a chance to win two tickets to “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour LIVE” in any city of your choice (ARV is $500-$250 per ticket. Travel and Accommodations are not included.) Official rules can be viewed here

Prime Video is offering the title to rent in the U.S. and Canada for $19.89 and for £15.99 in the United Kingdom. 

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“With the addition of Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Extended Version) to our catalog, Prime Video customers have even more premium entertainment available directly in a single application,” said Albert Cheng, VP and head of Prime Video U.S., in a statement. “We look forward to providing Swifties with the opportunity to relive their favorite moments from the tour, or perhaps experience it for the first time alongside other favorites already available on Prime Video.”

Once the film has been rented on Prime Video and while it is playing, customers can access X-Ray content by selecting the “All” tab in the top left corner of their mobile and web devices, or by pressing up on their remote control on living room devices. This will enhance the customer experience by showcasing each song as it plays. On select devices, customers can click on the icon to connect to Amazon Music, where they can continue listening to songs from the tour.

Swift was the most streamed global artist on Amazon Music this year, according to Amazon, and 1989 (Taylor’s Version) broke Amazon Music’s global records for most first-day streams and first-week streams. Subscribers can listen to Swift’s catalog and tour with playlists on Amazon Music, including “Music From Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour,” which will be made available for all Amazon Music subscribers and Prime members worldwide to stream on-demand Dec. 13-20. In addition to Amazon Music, Swifties can explore podcasts on Wondery, including an episode of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums about Swift’s fourth studio album, Red. Plus, a variety of books, including songbooks for albums such as Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and folklore, are available to purchase on Amazon.com. A blog provides more information about how to watch Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Extended Version) on Prime Video.

Universal Unveils ‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour’ Foreign Market PVOD Release Schedule

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Dec. 7 disclosed select foreign market release dates for the premium VOD release of Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (extended version) concert film.

The concert film of Swift’s ongoing global “The Eras Tour” will bow Dec. 14 in Australia and New Zealand, followed by Germany, Austria, Brazil, Mexico  and Switzerland on Dec. 21. Additional markets will be disclosed later.

As previously announced, Universal is bowing the digital release in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Ireland on Dec. 13, priced at $19.89 in the United States.

The release showcases live performances of Swift’s songs throughout her 17-year career, with three bonus songs not seen in cinemas including “Long Live,” “The Archer” and “Wildest Dreams.”  

The theatrical event shattered records to become the highest-grossing global concert film of all time in just days of presales. The concert film, which is the highest-grossing theatrical music documentary ever, has generated a 99% Certified Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Taylor Swift’s ‘The Eras Tour’ Concert Film Available Via Premium Digital Dec. 13

The record-breaking Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert movie will be available for premium digital rental beginning Dec. 13 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Extended Version) PVOD release will include three additional songs and is priced at $19.89 — derived from the year Swift was born and the title of her Grammy Award-winning album 1989.

Digital platforms include Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu, Xfinity TV, YouTube, and Google TV, among others.

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour generated almost $98 million in its theatrical debut on Oct. 13 — a record for a concert film. The film version of Swift’s ongoing global concert tour, which is currently performing in South America, has sold almost $250 million in tickets worldwide.

The home edition of the concert film includes three bonus songs not seen in theaters: “Long Live,” “The Archer” and “Wildest Dreams.”

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Newspaper Publishing Giant Gannett Hires Full Time Taylor Swift Reporter

Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper publisher and owner of USA Today, Nov. 6 announced the hiring of 35-year-old journalist Bryan West as the company’s inaugural full time reporter covering all things related to singer/activist Taylor Swift. Gannett is also hiring a journalist to cover Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

Bryan West

West, winner of the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for investigative journalism, will report on Swift for The Tennessean and all USA Today-related media outlets, which includes more than 200 local websites and newspapers across 43 states. West will report on Swift’s influence on music, business and social issues, while also chronicling the latest news from Swift’s concert tour stops, albums and related social media activity.

“Taylor Swift is a singular cultural force who is shaping our world in arguably unprecedented fashion,” Michael Anastasi, Gannett’s VP of local news and the editor of The Tennessean, said in a statement. “Chronicling her story, her impact, her influence takes unique expertise and experience and we’re confident Bryan is the right journalist for this moment.”

Swift, whose concert movie Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour has generated a record $166 million at the domestic box office, is currently continuing the second leg of The Eras Tour concert tour. The singer recently topped $1 billion in personal wealth.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese Take on Taylor Swift for Weekend Box Office Supremacy

Paramount Pictures/Apple Studios’ Western period drama Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese, takes on last weekend’s box office star, Taylor Swift / The Eras Tour music concert movie, for theatrical supremacy for the weekend through Oct. 22.

The polar opposite-themed movies are looking to sustain the fall theatrical box office following the summer of “Barbenheimer” (Barbie and Oppenheimer).

Flower Moon, which generated $2.6 million in Thursday preview screenings and is looking at next year’s industry awards circuit, is projected to sell $30.2 million in opening weekend tickets, according to new data from Box Office Pro. That could be enough to dethrone Taylor Swift’s sophomore theatrical weekend at a projected $30.1 million in revenue. The New Eras movie generated $6 million in Thursday screenings.

Regardless, the latter tally would be a 68% drop from The Eras Tour global box office debut of $123 million, including $94 million in North America.

With Swift’s movie only screening on weekends, which could increase repeat moviegoer demand among Swifties, and DiCaprio and Scorsese unable to market Flower Moon across press junkets due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA labor strike, it’s a toss-up which film will finish No. 1.

Returning theatrical releases include Universal Pictures/Blumhouse’s The Exorcist: Believer with an additional projected $6.3 million in ticket sales; Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie (projected $4.5 million), Lionsgate’s Saw X ($3.9 million), and 20th Century Studios’ The Creator ($2.5 million).

Disney is debuting The Nightmare Before Christmas: 30th Anniversary in theaters, which is projected to sell $1.4 million in tickets across 1,500 North American screens.

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Doc ‘Taking on Taylor Swift’ to Stream on Max Oct. 20

As Taylor Swift’s record-breaking Eras Tour expands around the globe and onto the silver screen, Taking on Taylor Swift, CNN’s investigation into the copyright lawsuit brought by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler against Swift for her hit song “Shake It Off,” will stream on Max Oct. 20.

Produced by the CNN FlashDocs unit, the special explores creativity, credit, and the hazy line between cultural appreciation and appropriation.
 
The 2017 lawsuit, which was settled and dismissed in 2022, alleged the chorus of Swift’s hit song, “Shake It Off” (“’cause the players gonna play, play, play…”) is a direct lift from the 2000 song, “Playas Gon’ Play” written by Hall and Butler, and made famous by the girl group, 3LW.  For the first time since taking legal action, Hall spoke exclusively to CNN, along with his attorney Marina V. Bogorad, about their experience taking on an indisputable giant of the music industry. 

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Taking on Taylor Swift scrutinizes the legal, ethical and cultural merits of this case and similar lawsuits lodged against some of the world’s biggest pop stars. The special features insights from songwriters Tayla Parx and Kandi Burruss, and observations from critics and journalists including Shirley Halperin (Los Angeles Magazine), Sidney Madden (NPR), and Mikael Wood (Los Angeles Times).
 
For CNN FlashDocs, Eric Johnson serves as an Executive Producer and Emily Taguchi serves as Supervising Producer. The unit is led by Katie Hinman, VP of program development for CNN Worldwide.

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‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour’ Concert Movie Steamrolls Weekend Box Office With $95 Million in Projected Ticket Sales

Taylor Swift, as expected, dominated the weekend box office. The singer’s self-produced Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert movie took in an estimated $95 million in North American revenue across more than 3,800 screens — an impressive tally for a film first marketed by Swift and distributor AMC Theatres on social media in late August.

The result wasn’t unexpected since AMC had previously announced that the film showcasing Swift’s current global concert tour had pre-sold $100 million in tickets worldwide heading into the weekend. The movie is only screening on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with tickets priced at $19.89 (Swift’s birth year) for adults, and $13.13 (Swift’s favorite number) for seniors and children.

That’s considerably less than the $800 average ticket price to see Swift in person at The Eras Tour, which returns from hiatus in November.

Meanwhile, last weekend’s box office champ, Universal Pictures/Blumhouse’s The Exorcist: Believer, finished a distant No. 2 with another $11 million in ticket sales, upping its North American total near $45 million, and $85 million globally.

Paramount Pictures/Nickelodeon’s animated children’s movie Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie saw another $7 million in revenue, upping its three-week total near $50 million, and $126 million worldwide.

Meanwhile, after shaking off formidable competition two weeks in a row, Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures’ Saw X  took in an estimated $5.7 million (off 27% from last weekend), upping its domestic total past $41.4 million.

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ sci-fi thriller The Creator added $4.3 million in ticket sales in its third weekend of release, upping its domestic total to $32 million, and more than $79 million worldwide.