'Glee' 3D Concert Movie Bombs at Box Office
"Please, save your money. This thing sucks!" Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) jokingly tells the camera in the trailer for "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie." U.S. audiences certainly listened to the first part of her plea -- the big-screen "Glee" installment bombed at the box office this weekend, grossing just $5.7 million since being released on Friday (Aug. 12), according to The Hollywood Reporter (for a quick comparison, Justin Bieber's 3D film, "Never Say Never," grossed $30.3 million in its opening weekend).
That total landed "Glee" at No. 11 for the weekend, way behind debuts like "The Help" (No. 2, $25.5 million), "Final Destination 5" (No. 3, $18.4 million), and "30 Minutes or Less" (No. 5, $13 million). However, "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie," which featured concert footage and a peek into the lives of the cast members, reportedly cost only $9 million to produce, so Twentieth Century Fox is still expected to turn a profit from the film.
While "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie's" box-office performance did not exceed expectations, the "Glee Live! in Concert" tour that it chronicles has done blockbuster business. According to Billboard Boxscore, the tour grossed $40.8 million over its 40 sold-out concerts from May 21 to July 3, with over 485,000 tickets sold.
Meanwhile, the "Glee 3D Concert Movie" official soundtrack is angling for a top 10 debut on this week's Billboard 200. The album features "Glee" cast covers of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4 U," and Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream."