So, somewhat naturally after having seen the success that Swift is enjoying with her ‘Eras Tour’ concert film even before it hits theaters, Beyoncé is readying ‘Renaissance: A Film by Beyonce’, a concert film based on her ‘Renaissance’ tour, and is taking on the same deal with AMC that Swift received.
To give her credit, however, this is something that Beyoncé, who has a history of impressive concert films, has been cooking up for a while –– it’s the distribution plan that’s new.
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What is the Renaissance Tour?
The Renaissance World Tour is the ninth concert tour by Beyoncé. Her highest grossing tour to date, it was announced on February 1, 2023, in support of her seventh studio album, ‘Renaissance’.
The all-stadium concert run began on May 10, 2023, in Stockholm, Sweden, and has just concluded this weekend in Kansas City, Missouri.
The concert lasts between two and a half and three hours and is split into six or seven acts, with Beyoncé performing the tracks of ‘Renaissance’ in order, interspersed with songs from across her discography (much like Taylor’s tour). The stage consists of a giant screen with a large “portal” in its center, and features sculptures, robotic arms and ultraviolet technology.
The tour broke ticket sales records worldwide and became the highest grossing tour ever by a female artist, achieving the two highest monthly tour-grosses in history.
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What will be in the film?
Primarily filmed at Beyoncé’s Houston hometown, ‘Renaissance: A Film by Beyonce’ will also feature highlights of the tour and, in true Beyoncé, snippets of more personal footage, including time with her family.
“When I am performing, I am nothing but free,” Beyoncé says in the trailer over a montage of images from the road. “My goal for this tour was to create a place where everyone is free, and no one is judged.”
What’s the deal with ‘Renaissance: A Film by Beyonce’?
As with the Eras Tour, ‘Renaissance’ was offered up on auction to studios and streamers but has ended up striking a deal with cinema chain AMC.
It’s something of a win-win for Beyoncé and the company, since the singer self-financed the film and will receive 50% of the worldwide profits when the movie is released.
When can I see ‘Renaissance: A Film by Beyonce’?
‘Renaissance’ is currently lining up a December 1st release in theaters. Right now, its main competition is Jeff Nichols’ ‘The Bikeriders’ and the first film in years from John Woo, ‘Silent Night’. We’d be shocked if they didn’t move off the spot the same way ‘The Exorcist: Believer’ blinked when faced with the power of Swift.
The experience will air Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, for a minimum of four weeks, with multiple showtimes programmed throughout the day. Tickets in the US for all standard showtimes will start at $22 plus tax; ‘Renaissance’ will also be available in IMAX at AMC and Dolby Cinema at AMC, and other branded premium large format screens.
You can buy tickets from today at AMC’s site and globally from its sister companies.