Sue Slyvester works her magic in torpedoing GLEE: THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE in its debut.
For a show that’s been packing arenas at every stop around the country and was supposed to deliver the experience of the GLEE Concert Tour to anyone who previously couldn’t attend, GLEE: THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE was a ridiculous flop, failing to even make the Top 10 in its opening weekend, debuted at #11 with a paltry $5.7 million… and that’s a Top 10 that still featured such atrocious cinematic fare as THE SMURFS, COWBOYS & ALIENS and THE CHANGE-UP.
Premiering for a special two-week engagement, Gleeks hardly came out in droves for the film, electing to sit at home and listen to the various GLEE musical singles they’ve purchased on iTunes or watching the wide assortment of GLEE DVDs Fox Television has released since the show’s inception, and I wonder if even GLEE fans couldn’t be convinced to spend their allowances to watch a crappy 3D flick that’ll run them about 15 bucks at their local theatre.
As a self-proclaimed Gleek myself, the movie was pretty terrible, trending away from concert footage at times to show some MTV’s TRUE LIFE-type stories about fans whose lives were affected by the TV series in ways that really didn’t have anything to do with the show. And, when it got down to the concert footage, some cast members were given a lot more exposure than others, with Dianna Agron and Chord Overstreet severely absent, and only a tiny bit of attention even paid to the beloved Chris Colfer.
82% of the audience over the weekend was female, with 66% of that falling into the under 25 checkbox. But, after a decent Friday showing of $2.7 million, the box office bottomed out for the film, with attendance dropped even below that the next two days.
Hopefully, the presentation of the film isn’t a sign to come for what Ryan Murphy has in store for the fans in Season 3. If so, we’re in for some major suckage as the New Directions aim for another trip to Nationals.