(NEWSnet/AP) — Movie theaters turned into concert venues this weekend, as “Swifties” brought their dance moves and friendship bracelets to multiplexes. 

That enthusiasm helped propel “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” to a massive debut of at least $95 million in North America, AMC Theatres said Sunday.

It’s by far the biggest opening for a concert film, and, not adjusting for inflation, has made more than the $73 million “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” earned in 2011. In 2023 dollars, that would be around $102 million.

Compiled from Swift’s summer shows at Southern California’s SoFi Stadium, the film opened in 3,855 North American locations starting with “surprise” Thursday evening previews. Those showtimes helped to boost its opening day sum to $39 million.

That’s the second-largest opening for films released in October, behind “Joker,” with $39.3 million.

“The Eras Tour,” directed by Sam Wrench, also worked with sub-distribution partners Variance Films, Trafalgar Releasing, Cinepolis and Cineplex to show the film in more than 8,500 movie theaters globally, in 100 countries.

Fans who want to see “The Eras Tour” on streaming will have to wait a while. Part of the AMC deal is a 13-week exclusive theatrical run.

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