Taylor Swift has broken yet more records!
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Get ready to join Taylor Swift on a record-breaking, blockbuster journey because Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour has taken the world by storm, and the achievements are nothing short of mind-blowing!
Taylor Swift, our queen of breaking records, has once again worked her magic. This extraordinary tour, featuring her ten studio albums, kicked off in March 2023, and on August 31st, she unleashed the news that it would be hitting the big screen.
Fast forward to the opening weekend, and Taylor Swift’s concert film dazzled by raking in a jaw-dropping $123 million at the global box office. Talk about making an entrance!
Now, concert films have had their fair share of success, but none have ever soared to the heights reached by Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour. We’re talking shattering box office records and proving naysayers wrong – and here’s why it’s so darn impressive!
Typically, a movie is considered a box office success if it earns significantly more than its budget. But Taylor Swift doesn’t do typical; she does extraordinary. The Eras Tour, with a budget of around $10 to $20 million, strutted its stuff by making a jaw-dropping $123 million. That’s over six times the budget!
With Taylor Swift’s superstar status, it might not be a shocker, but it’s definitely another feather in the cap of the 12-time Grammy winner. And you can bet your bottom dollar that as fans continue to flock to theaters to relive or experience the Eras Tour for the first time, those millions will keep on pouring in.
Taylor Swift isn’t just a music sensation; she’s a business genius. In the midst of the SAG-AFTRA strikes, she boldly decided to produce the film herself and partner up with AMC Theatres for distribution. And here’s the kicker – she doesn’t have to share the money she’s making with any big studio.
Cha-ching! With all that film money and the riches from the actual tour, this pop star is knocking on the door of billionaire status. You go, Taylor!
Back in the 2000s, concert movies were all the rage. We had Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana, the iconic Michael Jackson, and the Biebs himself with Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, which held the record for the highest-grossing concert film. Michael Jackson’s This Is It, while epic, was technically a documentary because he’d left us before the tour made it to the big screen.
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour has just made history by taking the throne as the highest-grossing concert film of all time, dethroning Bieber from his spot.
The dedication of Swifties worldwide has no bounds, and they’ve stood by their queen, pushing her to achieve these astounding heights. Bravo, Swifties, and keep the Taylor Swift magic alive!
Taylor Swift Set To Star In Deadpool 3
An incredible piece of fan art featuring Taylor Swift as Dazzler has become popular due to a flurry of fresh Deadpool 3 rumours and we are so excited at the idea!
Swift has never been more well-known with her first US leg of The Eras Tour recently ending and set to be the highest earning tour of all time. Because of this, the mere thought of a possible appearance in the MCU has caused a tonne of enthusiasm online amongst her fans known as ‘swifties’ as well as the Marvel fanbase.
Along with the spreading rumours that Swift may make a surprise appearance as Marvel Comics’ Alison Blaire in Deadpool 3 opposite Ryan Reynolds, who portrays the antihero, a piece of fan art picturing Taylor Swift as the X-Men’s Dazzler has been trending created by @defendinisart (which you can see below).
Swift is the ideal choice for the part since Dazzler, a pop phenomenon in the Marvel Universe with the same powers as Swift, can transform sound vibrations into light and energy beams.
Whether it occurs or not, Defendini’s work is a wonderful creation and we can only HOPE it comes to fruition!
But one thing we DO know is that Hugh Jackman is reprising his role of the X-men legend Wolverine after an official announcement video was published last year!
Since then Hugh Jackman has been showcasing his immense gym workouts over the past year to get into shape for the iconic character and just a few weeks ago images from the set were released showing Jackman and Reynolds together.
Jackman was dressed in Wolverine’s classic yellow costume famous from the comic books and looked great alongside Reynolds who once again has donned the Deadpool black and red costume!
It’s definitely not going to be one to miss and we can’t wait for the new Marvel movie which we have no doubt will be just as ridiculous, full of action and sharp cutting gags just like the first two movies. Bring it on!
21 Actors From The Harry Potter Films Who Are No Longer With Us
So many great actors from the series are no longer with us
Calling all fellow wizards and witches, it’s time to raise our wands and remember the magical stars who’ve left us from the Harry Potter universe. Since the very first Harry Potter movie graced our screens in 2001 with “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” we’ve laughed, cried, and cheered alongside a fantastic cast of characters. But, my friends, the bittersweet truth is that not all of them are still with us.
We’ve had to bid farewell to 21 talented actors who brought the wizarding world to life. From the mighty Professor Snape, played by the unforgettable Alan Rickman, to the wise Professor Dumbledore portrayed by the legendary Richard Harris. Even the gentle giant Hagrid, portrayed by Robbie Coltrane, has ventured into the great beyond.
But it’s not just the headlining heroes who have left us. The magic of Harry Potter extends to the supporting cast as well. Elizabeth Spriggs, who played the enchanting Fat Lady guarding Gryffindor Tower, and Verne Troyer, our beloved Griphook, have also passed away.
1) Richard Harris – Albus Dumbledore
Prior to Michael Gambon taking over for the remaining six Harry Potter films, Harris played the grandfatherly headmaster in the first two films and many fans were delighted with the casting as he looked as so many fans imagined!
2) Alan Rickman – Severus Snape
Fans of Harry Potter were very saddened by Severus Snape’s loss, but Alan Rickman’s death was by far a bigger shock. Tragically, the actor passed away in January 2016 after receiving a confidential diagnosis of terminal cancer.
3) Robert Knox – Marcus Belby
In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Knox, an English actor, played Marcus Belby. Tragically, Knox was fatally stabbed outside a London pub after getting involved in a fight to defend his brother.
Later, a documentary was produced on the actor’s tragic passing and the cast of the Potter films wore ribbons in his memory at the premiere.
4) Elizabeth Spriggs – The Fat Lady
Spriggs was well-known for portraying The Fat Lady, a living portrait who watches over the Gryffindor common area. Comedian Dawn French subsequently took over the part.
5) Timothy Bateson – Kreacher
Prior to his death in 2009, Bateson performed the voice of Kreacher, an elderly house elf, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
6) Alfred Burke – Armando Dippet
Alfred Burke, who was well-known for his roles as Frank Marker in Public Eye and subsequently as Armando Dippett, Dumbledore’s predecessor at Hogwarts, died in February 2011 at the age of 92.
7) Jimmy Gardner – Ernie Prang
In the third Harry Potter movie from 2004, Gardner, a WWII veteran who had been acting since the 1960s, played Knight Bus driver Ernie Prang.
8) Eric Sykes – Frank Bryce
Frank Bryce, a Muggle who lived in Little Hangleton, the same community which the Riddle family also called home, was portrayed by comic actor Eric Sykes. He worked as their gardener and eventually was the main suspect in the death of the family, but viewers will know he was innocent.
9) Richard Griffiths – (Uncle) Vernon Dursley
Richard Griffiths, a renowned British actor of theatre and cinema recognised for performances in The History Boys, Withnail and I, and Chariots of Fire, was the only person who could have brought Harry’s Uncle Vernon to life and fans loved to loathe him!
10) David Ryall – Elphias Doge
In the 2010 film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Ryall took over Peter Cartwright’s role as Elphias Doge, a member of the Order of the Phoenix but sadly passed away, 2014’s Christmas Day.
11) Dave Legeno – Fenrir Greyback
Fenrir Greyback was a werewolf and Death Eater with a sinister propensity for harming innocent youngsters, as the really die-hard fans would know. Tragically, the actor who played him passed away in July 2014 in Death Valley, California, after appearing in three Harry Potter films.
12) Roger Lloyd Pack – Barty Crouch Senior
Roger Lloyd Pack, who played Trigger in the enduring sitcom Only Fools and Horses, went on to play Barty Crouch Senior, a powerful Ministry of Magic official in the series furing Goblet of Fire.
13) Derek Deadman – Tom The Innkeeper
Derek Deadman, a character actor with more than 40 years of experience in the British entertainment business, created the role of Tom, the barman from The Leaky Cauldron, a pub in Diagon Alley.
14) Terence Baylor – The Blood Baron
The Bloody Baron, a ghost at Hogwarts who was originally a wizard also known as Phillip Strenger, was played by New Zealand actor Terence Bayler.
15) John Hurt – Ollivander
Hurt, a well-known English actor whose career spanned five decades including a pivotal part in the Doctor Who video, played the kind-hearted wandmaker Ollivander in the movie series.
16) Robert Hardy – Cornelius Fudge
Magical Minister Robert Hardy CBE, who had acting credentials in theatre, cinema, and television before his passing in 2017, played Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies.
17) Verne Troyer – Griphook
Verne Troyer played Mini Me in the Austin Powers movie, which is perhaps his most well-known role, but he also played Griphook in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone until Warwick Davies took over.
18) Helen McCrory – Narcissa Malfoy
Before her tragic passing in 2021, McCrory had amassed a large following because to her performances in films like Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter series and Polly in Peaky Blinders.
19) Robbie Coltrane – Rubeus Hagrid
The world was in mourning in 2022 after learning of the passing of renowned Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, who is best known for his role as Hagrid, the affable groundskeeper in the Harry Potter series.
20) Leslie Phillips – The Sorting Hat
Phillips was well-known for appearing in the Carry On films and for lending his voice to The Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter films. He passed away in November of last year after building a successful and protracted acting career.
21) Michael Gambon – Albus Dumbledore (2)
Sadly the news of Michael Gambon’s passing is so sudden and yet he contributed to 6 of the Harry Potter films after taking over from Richard Harris in which he showed a feistier side to the headmaster and fans came to love him. Not to mention his most famous quote ‘Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light’
As fans of the wizarding world, we’ll always cherish the enchanting moments these actors gifted us. Let’s hold onto those memories, rewatch the films, and keep their magic alive in our hearts. After all, “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home,” as J.K. Rowling once said. And so will the enchanting performances of these dearly departed actors in the world of Harry Potter.