Metallica Tries to Keep Up With Boy Bands at the Box Office

James Hetfield of the band Metallica performs on stage during a concert on Sept. 19 in Rio de Janeiro Photograph by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Concert movies, including last month’s One Direction: This Is Us, have experienced a real resurgence at the box office over the past few years, fueled in part by their appeal to a young, female, and heavily connected fans. Needless to say, a typical Metallica fan is just about the complete opposite of, say, One Direction and Justin Bieber devotees.

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