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Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’ Cracks Top 5 on List of Top Music Concert Films of All Time: Here’s the Top 10

Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé grossed $1.9 million in its third weekend in U.S. theaters, according to boxofficemojo.com, bringing its total to $30.8 million. That makes it one of the top five grossing concert films in history.

It is far behind the all-time leader, Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, which grossed $179.2 million in a nine-week run following its release in October. Swift’s film is No. 11 among all films for 2023. Beyoncé’s film is No. 60. That isn’t meant to take the shine off Bey’s film, it just goes to show what a phenomenon Swift’s film was. (Beyoncé and Taylor Swift attended each other’s premieres, a show of mutual respect and support that was heartening to see.)

Beyoncé’s film ranked No. 1 at the weekly boxoffice two weeks ago, becoming the fourth concert film to achieve that feat. Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert and Michael Jackson’s This Is It each logged one week on top of the domestic boxoffice. Swift’s film became the first concert film to top the domestic box office for two weeks. 

Beyoncé wrote, directed and produced Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé, which chronicles the development and execution of the Renaissance World Tour, Beyoncé’s 2023 stadium tour in support of her Grammy-winning album Renaissance (2022).

In a piece highlighting the seven best moments of Beyoncé’s film, Billboard’s Kyle Denis noted: “The film provides a rare peek into Beyoncé’s behind-the-scenes process, namely how she runs her ship as the Mother of the House of Renaissance. Over nearly three hours, the documentary treats fans to pristine footage of several nights of the superstar’s record-breaking Renaissance World Tour. Seamless edits showcase the endless variety of haute couture costumes the ‘Break My Soul’ singer flaunted across her 56 sold-out shows, and intimate black-and-white scenes present the Beyoncé her family sees off stage.”

Here are the 10 highest-grossing music concert films, according to boxofficemojo.com. This list counts only domestic box-office receipts, which explains the absence of previous Swift projects such as the Netflix documentary Miss Americana (2020).

Note: Boxofficemojo.com’s list of top-grossing contemporary music concert films doesn’t include Renaissance, which is more of documentary than Swift’s film, which is a straight concert film. But since Renaissance is based on a concert, and since other films in their top 10 also include documentary material, we’re counting it.

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