Looks like Sue Sylvester finally got her wish as Glee: The 3D Concert Movie raked in a disappointing $5.9 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend. The film debuted at No. 11, landing outside the Top 10 with nearly five times less than Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which hauled in $27.5 million to steal the top spot. Gleeks failed to replicate the music movie magic conjured by Beliebers when Never Say Never was released in February. By comparison, Bieber’s concert doc boasted $30.3 million on its opening weekend and $70 million total, claiming the title of most successful music concert films previously held by Miley Cyrus and her film Miley Cyrus and Hannah Montana: Best of Both Worlds, which brought in $65 million total in 2008. Perhaps we should have seen this coming; it wouldn’t have hurt to include either of the Bieber tracks featured on the show, plus, Gleeks—to our knowledge—have yet to unleash violent threats on any of the cast’s significant others, which just reeks of apathy and laziness.
These are startling numbers when considering the show spawned a sold-out tour and amassed over 21 million downloads in just under two years. So did those conflicting cast quotes in response to Ryan Murphy’s future plans get the best of them? Are Gleeks purposely staying home to boycott the impending departure of Chris Colfer, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith? No, most likely the public is finally getting tired of being bombarded by overly caffeinated teenagers singing songs we could listen to on our iTunes, without the embarrassment of wearing (and paying for) 3D glasses. Unnamed execs are blaming a
less than stellar “shitty” marketing campaign, citing last minute preparations for the film which was only announced by Fox in May. With much of Glee‘s target demographic still on summer break, there’s hope that things could rebound—everybody knows Monday is the most popular movie night of the week–despite the fact that its only in theaters for a two-week run. So don’t stop believing quite yet. Hopefully Lea Michele has better luck with the upcoming Valentine’s Day. She’s costarring alongside Ashton Kutcher, so a huge opening weekend is definitely on lock.