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BTS’ Seoul concert scores more than $32 million at global box office–report

/ 05:46 PM March 14, 2022
In this photo provided by Hybe, fans watch one of South Korean boy group BTS' three in-person concerts live in Seoul at a Lotte Cinema theater in southern Seoul on Saturday. (Hybe)

In this photo provided by Hybe, fans watch one of South Korean boy group BTS’ three in-person concerts live in Seoul at a Lotte Cinema theater in southern Seoul on Saturday. (Hybe via The Korea Herald/Asia News Network)

SEOUL — The second of K-pop supergroup BTS’s three concerts in Seoul has raked in more than $32 million from movie theaters across the world, where fans in different countries were able to watch it live, according to a report by a US entertainment magazine.

“BTS Permission To Dance On Stage – Seoul” was held Saturday as one of the septet’s first shows before a live audience in its home country since 2019 and accumulated $32.6 million from 3,711 theaters in 75 countries around the world, Variety said on Sunday (US time).

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The first and third shows were held on Thursday and Sunday, respectively.

The magazine called them “blockbuster results,” adding the second-night show played in 803 theaters and earned roughly $6.84 million in North America alone.

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In the United States and Canada, tickets went for $35, which is almost four times the average $9 ticket price in the region. But multiplexes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston and Chicago were busy, with many reporting multiple sold-out screenings, according to the report.

It said the BTS concert also landed in third place behind Robert Pattinson’s superhero adventure “The Batman,” which collected $66 million from 4,417 venues over the weekend, and Tom Holland’s “Uncharted,” which generated $9.2 million from 3,725 locations over the weekend.

Variety quoted Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with the US-based market research firm Comscore, as calling the BTS show’s global box-office figures “astonishing” and “unprecedented.”

“It’s a testament to both the overwhelmingly dedicated fandom of the ARMY and the overall return to cinemas on a global scale,” Marc Allenby, CEO of the show’s North American distributer Trafalgar Releasing, was quoted as saying. (Yonhap)

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