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'Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé' Dominates Box Office with $21 Million Debut

2023-12-04T02:46:00.302Z

Highlights: 'Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé' Dominates Box Office with $21 million Debut. This weekend in the U.S. is usually slow after the Thanksgiving holiday, but "Rena Renaissance" bucked the trend. It's the first time a film has grossed more than $20 million in a release at this time. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes came in second in its third weekend, with about $14.5 million.


This weekend in the U.S. is usually slow after the Thanksgiving holiday, but "Renaissance" bucked the trend. It's the first time a film has grossed more than $20 million in a release at this time.


By Lindsey Bahr - The Associated Press

Beyoncé's "Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé" dominated the North American box office this weekend, grossing $21 million, according to estimates released Sunday by AMC Theatres.

This weekend — after the Thanksgiving holiday — is usually slow, but Renaissance bucked the trend. Not counting inflation, it's the first time a film has grossed more than $20 million in a weekend opening (the last was The Last Samurai).

Beyoncé wrote, directed, and produced Renaissance, which portrays her tour in support of her Grammy-winning album. It debuted in 2,539 theaters in the U.S. and Canada and in 94 international territories, where it grossed $6.4 million from 2,621 theaters.

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While Renaissance didn't come close to the $92.8 million it grossed in its release by Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, it's still a pretty good opening for a concert movie. No one expected Renaissance to match The Eras Tour, which will soon conclude its run in theaters after a global gross of more than $250 million. Before Swift, the premieres of larger concert films — such as those of Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber for their 2008 and 2011 films — had not topped $32 million.

Beyoncé's tour grossed more than $500 million and drew more than 2.7 million viewers. Swift's "Eras Tour" is estimated to gross about $1.400 billion.

Both Beyoncé and Swift chose AMC Theatres as the distributor, rather than a traditional studio. Both superstars have supported each other, making eye-catching appearances at each other's premiere. Both had aired films on Netflix (Miss Americana and Homecoming) and it has been reported that both receive approximately 50% of the box office.

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Tickets for the show were more expensive than average, at about $23.32 versus $20.78 for Swift's concert, according to analytics firm EntTelligence.

Critics and moviegoers have given Renaissance excellent ratings: it has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and an A+ on CinemaScore.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes came in second in its third weekend, with about $14.5 million. The prequel has now earned more than $121 million domestically.

Godzilla Minus One came in third with $11 million from 2,308 theaters, the best opening for a foreign film in the U.S. so far this year. It cost only about $15 million to produce and has already earned $23 million in Japan.

Trolls Band Together came in fourth place in its third weekend with $7.6 million, bringing its domestic total to $74.8 million.

In fifth place was "Wish," which fell 62 percent from its disappointing opening with $7.4 million from 3,900 theaters. Globally, it has grossed $81.6 million.

Source: telemundo

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