Metallica makes box office history with ‘S&M²’

Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M² breaks box $5.5 million at the box office

Following last week’s international release of Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M², the film has cemented itself as the largest ever global rock event cinema release having earned $5.5 million at the box office across 95+ countries in 3,700+ cinemas worldwide. Trafalgar Releasing are now pleased to announce that due to the success and continued fan demand, the film will be returning for one more night worldwide on October 30th.

2019’s S&M² concerts featured Metallica reuniting with San Francisco Symphony for the first time since the original S&M performances in 1999 documented by the Grammy-winning live album S&M –plus the first-ever Metallica/SF Symphony renditions of songs written and released since those shows. Filmed over the two sold out Metallica shows that opened the Chase Center — the new 18,064-seat arena in San Francisco — Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M² captures more than two and a half hours of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo joining forces with the nearly 80-strong SF Symphony, with a special appearance by legendary conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

Following the initial run of screenings worldwide, the film achieved a significant global screen average of $1,500 with 460,000 admissions. The box office in North America saw the film reach $1.2 million. On the first day of release, the film reached number four at the North American box office and number three at the UK box office.

“The S&M² shows illustrated the immense power of the iconic collaboration between Metallica and San Francisco Symphony, from the critical and audience acclaim, to the box office results in cinemas worldwide, this film truly exemplifies the power of bringing fans together around the world via the big screen,” states Marc Allenby, CEO of Trafalgar Releasing.

Tickets for the encore screening on October 30th will be on sale starting Thursday (Oct 17th) at cinemas worldwide via

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