I read something in EW this week that genuinely shocked me. Next to my review of Michael Jackson’s This Is It, there’s a box of the five top-grossing concert films — and according to that list, the second most successful concert film of all time is Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009). The reason for my shock is not that I dislike the Jonas brothers (I thought their movie was charming in a prefab, featherweight way), but because, at the time, Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience was rightfully considered a mild commercial disappointment. It marked the beginning of their slow slide from top-of-the-world boy band to big-but-not-quite-as-big teenybop limbo. How could this movie have ranked so high?
To see how, take a look at the full list:
1. Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (2008) $65.3 million
2. Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009) $19.2 million
3. Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991) $15 million
4. U2 3D (2008) $10.2 million
5. U2: Rattle and Hum (1988) $8.6 million
Hmmm, let’s tally this up: Two movies with currently-in-vogue squeaky-clean teen idols, a Madonna documentary from 20 years ago, a U2 doc from 20 years ago — and U2 again, this time from last year. I don’t begrudge any of these artists their big-screen success, but doesn’t this list strike you as just a little thin in terms of how well it represents…the pop-music universe of the last two decades? READ FULL STORY »