In 2022, Beyoncé released her hit album "Renaissance" as a follow-up to her critically acclaimed album "Lemonade." The style of this album was new and fresh with elements of ballroom culture, '90s black house music, and bounce music that feels like you're at the club no matter where you play it. She took this musical masterpiece on a 56-show world tour that shifted the culture. She had everyone put together their finest chrome outfits, trying to recreate the showstopping fashion looks from the shows and practicing how to be "on mute." Beyoncé is known for creating engaging, eye-catching visuals with her albums; fans were expecting no different from her this time.
Fans around the world were holding up signs at her sold-out concerts asking her about the visuals, to which she finally responded, "You are the visual, baby" to one of the signs. And she was telling the truth!
The Release of "Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé"
On December 1, 2023, Beyoncé released a concert film showcasing the journey of creation and execution of the Renaissance World Tour. It was released on World Aids Day in remembrance of her Uncle Johnny, who inspired the direction of this album by being the one to introduce her to Black ballroom culture and dance music before his untimely passing of AIDS.
The film allows fans to see Beyoncé again and how involved she is in every aspect of production, from choreography to lighting and stage setup. She is a perfectionist, and nothing short of excellence will do. Intimate moments with her husband and children are also shown throughout the film, which humanizes her and reminds the world that beyond those showstopping performances, she's still a normal mother and wife.
Plenty of concert footage is included for those who couldn't attend the show. You get an up-close and personal view of Beyoncé's incredible vocal agility that never seems to waver, even while doing full choreography. Her daughter Blue Ivy joining her on stage was a treat that fans enjoyed, and you can also see her journey on the tour. If you're here just for the looks, honey, she had over 140 of them on the Renaissance Tour. There's a little something for every kind of fan in this film.
Box Office Performance: Numbers Don't Lie
Beyoncé has the Midas touch, and her critically acclaimed concert film has been no exception. "Renaissance: A Film by Beyonce" opened in 2,539 theaters and has been an enormous success. Since the release, it has grossed $30.8 million in the U.S. and Canada and $38.8 million worldwide. The film was projected to gross between $17 and $20 million in its debut but surpassed that and hit $22 million. And it has the second-best opening weekend in history for the first week of December.
Beyoncé: The Cultural Impact of a Global Icon
From the days of Destiny's Child to now, there's no denying the impact of Beyoncé's star power. She's the last of a dying breed of superstars who can move the culture forward with their artistry alone. Beyoncé breaks down barriers, empowers us through her lyrics, and inspires us with her hard work.
Anyone uncertain about her iconic presence in the industry should see "Renaissance: A Film by Beyonce" because it will open your mind to her greatness. And if by chance it doesn't, better put it "on mute," because her Beyhive don't play that!