After Being Hailed in ‘Barbie’, Sylvester Stallone Gets Trampled by Taylor Swift at the Box Office

Published 10/06/2023, 10:22 AM EDT

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Beyond the silver screen, the concept of falling stars is not merely a recurring theme in Hollywood’s finest productions. It is a narrative that seems inextricably woven into the very lives of its brightest stars. Like the characters they portray, Hollywood stars like Sylvester Stallone often navigate the dramatic rises and unexpected plunges of their own life. This is truer than ever for Stallone, who was hailed as the epitome of masculinity by Ryan Gosling’s Ken in Barbie just months ago and has now come across a ‘stall’ at the box office owing to Taylor Swift.

While Hollywood often serves up epic battles on the silver screen, who could have predicted that Stallone’s biggest adversary in recent times would not be a menacing villain but a chart-topping songstress?

Does the box office prefer Taylor Swift more than Rocky?

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Just a few months ago, Sylvester Stallone, who contributed to defining masculinity for a generation, was crowned by the wickedly subversive blockbuster Barbie as a masculine messiah. And in an attempt to strike when the iron is still hot, the veteran actor welcomed the fourth installment of his successful franchise, The Expendables. However, Stallone’s strike at the iron has not been as powerful as Taylor Swift’s because his carved out in a defeat while hers has sold out more than $100 Million in advance bookings at the box office.

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Taylor Swift has been scoring high lately not just on the charts but also in credits and hearts as her The Eras Tour cures financial burdens and fallen princesses. The songstress decided to capsulize the journey with her concert film titled, Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour. But even before the big screens lift the curtains on the movie, it has surpassed $100 Million in advance bookings. A feat that Stallone’s Expend4bles has not managed to achieve even after two weeks at the box office.

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Stallone’s movie might be ‘Rocky’ on the decline, however, the songstress’ concert film success is because of some very ‘Swift’ moves she has pulled behind the curtains.

How did Swift ensure the blockbuster success of her The Eras Tour concert film?

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As her tour proved to be a nationwide finance booster, Taylor Swift was not just a hit maker; she was a bona fide maestro. But the marvel of her artistry does not stop at chart-toppers alone. She is also a savvy sorceress, who knows how to articulate business symphonies. Therefore, as her concert film was on the brink of facing the backhand because of the SAG AFTRA strikes, her team reached an interim agreement with the organization.

The interim agreement allowed Taylor Swift to promote her concert film, even when most of Hollywood had hung their gloves. Not long ago, the singer penned down in her hit track ‘Anti-Hero’, “Too big to hang out, slowly lurching toward your favorite city” to convey her personal insecurities. However, it has taken on a new resonance as her concert film grows too monumental to share the limelight with other releases, and Swift lurches towards everyone’s favorite city: Hollywood.

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What do you think about Taylor Switf’s unreleased concert film beating Sylvester Stallone’s Expend4bles? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aliza Siddiqui

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Meet Aliza Siddiqui, a Hollywood News reporter at Netflix Junkie. Her love affair with Hollywood began with Anne Hathaway and The Princess Diaries, but it was the thrilling climax of Don’t Look Up that cemented her infatuation with the industry and its filmmaking. Aliza's journey into entertainment reporting began with her time at Otakukart, where she wrote over a thousand articles.

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