Boxofficemojo.com maintains a list of top-grossing concert movies since 1984. Thirteen concert movies have grossed more than $1 million in that period.
The oldest movie on the list is Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense, which came out in October 1984. Prince's Sign O' The Times and U2: Rattle And Hum also date from the 1980s. Madonna: Truth Or Dare is the top-grossing concert movie from the 1990s.
The movies range from full-length (Shine A Light and Michael Jackson's This Is It both ran a little more than two hours) to definitely on the short side (*NSYNC: Bigger Than Live ran just 47 minutes).
Here's a list of 13 concert movies that have grossed more than $1 million. (Boxofficemojo.com notes that grosses for several concert movies were unavailable.)Usher, Miley Cyrus and Sean Kingston, among others. The title song, featuring Jaden Smith, became a top 10 hit. Bieber's Never Say Never: The Remixes EP hit #1. Michael Jackson starred in this movie, which was released in October 2009, just four months after his death. The movie documents his rehearsals for a series of London shows that were set to begin on July 13. Kenny Ortega, best known for helming the High School Musical movies, directed. Jackson's album of the same name hit #1. Miley Cyrus starred in this digital 3-D movie, which featured a guest performance by Jonas Brothers. The movie was released in February 2008. It still holds the record for the biggest opening weekend by a concert movie ($31,118,000). Cyrus' Best Of Both Worlds Concert album hit #3. Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift make guest appearances. JoBros' Music From The 3DConcert Experience album hit #3. Madonna starred in this documentary, which was filmed during her 1990 Blond Ambition world tour. The movie, which was titled In Bed With Madonna outside North America, opened in May 1991. It's the top-grossing concert movie that was released in the 1990s. It's also the only movie on this list with an R rating. U2 starred in this slightly short (80-minutes) IMAX movie, which opened in January 2008. It captures the band during its Vertigo tour in 2006. It out-grossed the band's first concert movie, Rattle And Hum, though that simply reflected higher ticket prices nearly 20 years later. The Rolling Stones starred in this movie, which was directed by Oscar winner Martin Scorsese. The movie takes its title from the song of the same name from the band's 1972 album Exile On Main St. The IMAX movie was released in April 2008. The Stones' album of the same name hit #11. Talking Heads starred in this concert movie, which was directed by future Oscar winner Jonathan Demme. The movie was filmed in December 1983 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, as the band was touring to promote its album Speaking In Tongues. The movie was released in October 1984. The band's album of the same name hit #41. Prince starred, wrote and directed this movie, which featured Sheila E. and Sheena Easton. The movie was released in November 1987, seven months after the release of his album of the same name. The double-disk album had reached #3. It went on to receive a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. Emmylou Harris is featured. Tom Hanks produced the movie, which was released in February 2006. *NSYNC: Bigger Than Live (IMAX), $1,809,000. This brief (47-minute) movie starring the boy band phenomenon was released in February 2001, about midway between the release of its #1 albums No Strings Attached and Celebrity. The IMAX movie paved the way for the rash of teen heartthrob movies of recent years. the Funk Brothers, who played on countless Motown hits from 1959 to 1972, was released in November 2002. The title is a play on the Four Tops' 1967 hit "Standing In The Shadows Of Love." The Funk Brothers received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.
- Michael Jackson