Quiz of the week: Which record did Taylor Swift break now?

Meg Ryan was all set to make her romantic comedy comeback on October 13, but Taylor Swift’s concert plans threw a wrench into the works. No worries, though! The film, titled “What Happens Later” directed by and starring Meg Ryan and set during the holidays, will now hit theaters on November 3, coinciding with the last weekend of AMC’s Taylor Swift The Eras Tour concert movie. Let’s hope that by then, Swifties will be ready to explore other cinematic experiences.

This date change marks the third movie to shuffle out of the October 13 slot due to Taylor Swift’s concert, with “The Exorcist: Believer” now releasing on October 6 and Lionsgate/Kingdom Story’s “Ordinary Angels” postponed indefinitely. You may also read Ariana Grande’s Epic Transformation Must-See Advice.

Speaking of Taylor Swift, she’s an undeniable queen in the music industry. With an estimated net worth of $740 million as of June, she’s been treating her fans to hour-long live performances in the USA and Mexico as part of her Eras Tour. Amidst all the excitement, Taylor announced the release of Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, and Swifties couldn’t be more thrilled.

Now, back to “What Happens Later.” Advance bookings for the film, originally set for October 13, went live today, and the results are staggering. Reports suggest that it has already raked in millions in less than 24 hours. Let’s dive into the numbers and records it’s breaking.

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Forbes reports that AMC Theaters disclosed that Taylor Swift The Eras Tour sold an astonishing $26 million worth of tickets in less than three hours of its advance booking opening. The demand has been so overwhelming that AMC plans to add more showtimes to accommodate the unprecedented demand.

To put this in perspective, the previous single-day ticket sales record holder was Marvel’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which earned $16.9 million in a single day in 2021. It’s worth noting that free movie passes won’t be accepted for Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, and ‘Stubs A-List’ members won’t be able to reserve tickets using their membership.

Industry insiders predict that Taylor Swift’s concert film is poised to surpass $100 million in opening weekend sales, according to Variety. This remarkable achievement will make it the highest-grossing concert film ever, surpassing the $73 million earned by “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.”

In other music news, The Weeknd is extending a warm welcome to Taylor Swift, who has just entered a club that was once so exclusive he was its sole member. Following Taylor’s achievement of reaching 100 million listeners on Spotify, The Weeknd took to Instagram to send his congratulations with a heartwarming throwback photo of their joint performance during Swift’s 1989 Tour.

Reposting a news article about Swift’s milestone on his own Story, The Weeknd simply left a congratulatory fingers-crossed emoji, showcasing their strong bond. The post also featured an adorable snapshot from 2015, capturing the 33-year-old singer embracing The Weeknd onstage during the 1989 World Tour, where she surprised fans by bringing him out to perform his hit “Can’t Feel My Face.”

Swift’s attainment of 100 million monthly Spotify fans earlier this week solidifies her status as the first female artist to achieve this feat and only the second artist overall, following in The Weeknd’s footsteps, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye.

Tesfaye initially broke into the 100 million monthly listener club in February, becoming the first artist in Spotify’s history to reach this milestone. At the time, Swift had 80.3 million monthly listeners, while Miley Cyrus had 82.5 million and Drake 68.6 million.

As of now, Tesfaye boasts a staggering 109.6 million monthly listeners on the platform, according to his Spotify page. You should also check Emily Blunt Reveals Stunning Oscar Potential for Dwayne Johnson.

The “Blinding Lights” artist is currently on tour. In September, he’ll bring his “After Hours Til Dawn Tour” to Mexico City’s Foro Sol, following Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour closely. Over the weekend, Swift concluded a four-night run at the venue with opening act Sabrina Carpenter.

“After years of wanting to play in Mexico City, just got to play 4 of the most unforgettable shows for the most beautiful and generous fans,” Swift reflected afterward on Instagram, sharing photos of herself performing. “Feeling so grateful for the memories we’re making together on this tour… TE AMO.”

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