“Summer In 3D” Places 7th at the Box Office

posted April 26th, 2010 at 10:52 am

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D grossed more than 1 million dollars in its first four days, placing it seventh in the box office standings according to The Tennessean. Seventh is a formidable position considering the film is only playing in 3D theaters and at limited times.

If you haven’t yet seen “Summer In 3D,” you only have one more week to see it. Find theaters near you that are screening the film.

The Tennessean also recently talked to Kenny about the movie:

It’s supposed to be a feel-good affair, this Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D movie. It’s largely a concert film, with sing-alongs, smiles, beach balls, electric guitars and the like.

But near the movie’s end, things change.

Chesney is shown on stage in Indianapolis, at the same massive arena where the NCAA Final Four was recently held. The place was full, as most places are when Chesney — country’s top-drawing performer of the new century — plays a show. The singer was wrapping up his 2009 summer tour with the wistful “Better as a Memory,” and he was exhausted.

Chesney stood on stage, overcome with the emotion that he’d felt was muted through much of the tour. Trying to choke back tears, he could not sing, and so the crowd sang for him.

“At that moment, I really didn’t know if I was ever going to do it again,” said Chesney, who has taken a break from touring this summer. “I was so tired. During that time, I’d lay in bed and go, ‘I don’t know.’ I’d given my soul to this. You give enough of your soul and don’t put anything back, sooner or later you’re going to be an empty guy.”

The 3D setting allows viewers a sense of the scale of Chesney’s stadium shows, and the camera shots provide perspective from the stage to the top rows of the massive, NFL football stadiums Chesney was playing.

“I’ve always wished the fans could see what I see, and with this they can,” said Chesney, who emerged somehow refreshed after spending hundreds of hours in the film’s editing process. “And I got to see it all from places I can’t usually see, too. In editing, I could get the enormity of this thing. It was good for me to be able to reflect on all this, and to wrap my arms around it. Somehow, you wind up inspired.”

He is also nothing if not committed to delivering a show that would validate his place as the guy who has earned unprecedented success as a Nashville-based live act. Even Garth Brooks did not tour the United States as voraciously or with such outsized results: Chesney has sold a million tickets, eight years in a row. And the competitor in Chesney deems any night that didn’t feel transcendent to be a failure.

“There were times when I thought, ‘If I have to get up there and sing “Big Star” one more time, I’m gonna die,’ ” he said, unsmiling at the memory. “And you can’t connect like that. And you can’t be up there thinking, ‘I’m not connecting like I want to.’ I mean, that won’t help. That’s why I decided I had to take a year away . . . for the integrity of me and the band and what we do, and for the fans. I thought, ‘It’s going to be new again at some point, and that ain’t gonna be tomorrow.’ ”

Read the full story here. (H/T Kay)

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