BTS 'Burn the Stage' beats out One Direction in US theatres

BTS 'Burn the Stage' beats out One Direction in US theatres
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K-pop boy group BTS' concert documentary Burn the Stage: The Movie has become the biggest ever event-cinema release.

Distributor Trafalgar Releasing has recorded 1.4 million admissions since the film's release on Nov. 15. This tops the previous record of 1.2 million admissions held by British boy group One Direction's 2014 film One Direction: Where We Are, reports Rolling Stone.

Indonesia and Philippines reportedly made huge contributions to this figure, with over 100,000 admissions in each country.

K-pop sensation BTS brings star power to world stage

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    South Korean pop group BTS members stand on scene after they performed during a Korean cultural event as part of South Korean President official visit in France, on October 14, 2018 in Paris.

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    The cultural event, held to celebrate the good relationship between the two countries, was hosted by President Moon, who was also conducting his four-day state visit in France.

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    South Korean pop group BTS performs during a Korean cultural event as part of South Korean President official visit in France, on October 14, 2018 in Paris

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    K-Pop sensation BTS brought their star power to the United Nations on Monday (Sept 24), telling the world's youth to listen to their inner voice and resist pressure to conform.

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    "No matter who you are, where you're from, your skin colour, your gender identity, just speak yourself," group leader Kim Nam-jun told a packed hall at the launch of a UNICEF youth campaign.

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    The band has appeared on US talkshows like Ellen and The Tonight Show.

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    They also topped the Billboard 200 chart in May 2018. [Above] The group at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.

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    In this file photo taken on May 20, 2018, South Korean Boy Band BTS attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards 2018 at the MGM Grand Resort International in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Musical group BTS perfroms onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The film debuted at Number 10 in the US box office, raking in US$3.6 million thus far. It also claimed the sixth spot in the UK's weekend chart, generating $830,000. The current worldwide gross stands at $14 million.

Burn the Stage: The Movie shows the band performing on their 19-city Wings Tour in 2017. Produced by Big Hit Entertainment and Camp Entertainment, it features behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with each BTS member.

This achievement is only one of BTS's numerous milestones this year. Their LPs Love Yourself: Tear and Love Yourself: Answer both debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and they became the first Korean group to play a US stadium.

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