At the global box office, the limited engagement of BTS Permission to Dance on Stage: Seoul brought in $32.6 million from 3,711 cinemas in 75 worldwide theatrical markets. For context, according to Variety, the concert screening brought in more money in a single day than some pandemic-era Hollywood movies generated in their entire opening weekends.
In North America, BTS Permission to Dance on Stage: Seoul played in 803 theaters and earned roughly $6.84 million on Saturday. Those returns translate to $8,500 per venue.
BTS Permission to Dance on Stage: Seoul managed to crack the top five on domestic box office charts despite playing in fewer than 1,000 locations.
On March 10, BTS kicked off the first of three highly-anticipated concerts at Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, marking the group’s first in-person performance in their home country since October 2019. Drawing nearly 15,000 fans, the event was also the largest concert to be approved by the South Korean government since the beginning of the pandemic. The other two shows went down on Saturday (March 12) and Sunday (March 13), with livestreams available for fans who couldn’t attend.
The first concert opened with the group’s single, “ON,” from their critically-acclaimed album, Map of the Soul: 7. Released in February 2020, the song debuted at No.4 on Billboard’s Hot 100, becoming the highest charting song ever by a South Korean group.
BTS eventually beat their personal record, with four No.1 hit songs in nine months, between September 2020 and June 2021, including “Dynamite” and “Butter” — both of which appeared on the setlist. During the night, they also serenaded their bandmate, SUGA, as the show coincided with his 29th birthday.
In addition to their sold-out shows in South Korea, BTS have already reached several major achievements in 2022. The seven-piece group was recently named the Top Global Recording Artist by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), earning them the record of being the only act to win the title in two consecutive years. Their upbeat single “Butter,” released in May 2021, also became the first track to spend ten weeks at No.1 on Billboard’s Hot Trending Songs chart, with over four million mentions on Twitter.