Keep Glee on the small screen, thanks.
That’s the message from audiences after the feature film Glee: The 3D Concert Movie bombed at the Box Office over the weekend.
In the US it earned a poor $6 million out of 2,040 cinemas, landing it way back in 11th place.
It trails other films in the same genre on their opening weekends:
Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour ($31.1m)
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never ($29.5 million)
Michael Jackson’s This Is It ($23.2 million)
Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience ($12.5 million).
The film has been criticised for not including enough backstage access of its cast, topping up its content with scenes of fans instead. Some may have been cynical about the 3D element. Others question the numbers for its second season and whether adult Glee fans would trek to a cinema to see a few songs.
One EW critic went as far as to call it a “generically big, loud, overchoreographed, over-mic’ed, post-Madonna production, programmed with songs to get the whole audience singing, screaming, and waving oversized red foam-rubber Glee hands that form the show’s trademark letter L.”
Rolling Stone said:
The movie is excruciating mainly because its stars, who all play misfits on the hit show, are off-putting as they strut around the stage like visiting royalty. Even worse, the backstage interviews and footage of fans is overly triumphant, to the point of turning show creator Ryan Murphy into a sort of messianic figure. It’s just gross.”
“Concert films are what they are. Bieber was a documentary of a musical sensation while Hannah Montana was a musical sensation coming off a sold out tour that sold out everywhere,” noted a FOX executive.
In Australia the film finished at #5, with $970,388.