Beyoncé had a triumphant weekend at the box office, with her concert film, “Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé,” taking the top spot with an impressive $21 million in North American ticket sales, according to AMC Theatres estimates on Sunday.
This accomplishment is especially noteworthy given the traditionally slow post-Thanksgiving and early December box office. Indeed, “Renaissance” made history this weekend by becoming the first film in 20 years to open with more than $20 million, a feat not accomplished since “The Last Samurai.”
Beyoncé played multiple roles in the production of “Renaissance,” including writer, director, and producer. The film is a visual spectacle that delves into her Grammy-winning album tour. It earned an additional $6.4 million from 2,621 theaters outside North America after premiering in 2,539 theaters across the United States and Canada, as well as 94 international territories.
Elizabeth Frank, AMC Theatres’ executive vice president of worldwide programming, thanked Beyoncé for bringing the film directly to her fans. She noted that the film’s resonance with audiences and critics during a traditionally slow weekend is a testament to Beyoncé’s immense talent, recognizing her prowess not only as a performer but also as a producer and director.
The “Renaissance” tour, which included 39 cities and 56 performances, began in Stockholm, Sweden, in May and ended in Kansas City, Missouri, in the fall. This spectacular tour was a huge success, grossing over $500 million and attracting over 2.7 million concertgoers.
Both critics and audiences praised “Renaissance,” which received a perfect 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Opening weekend audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an A+, cementing its acclaim and setting the stage for continued box office success.