Refresh for latest…: New global entry Queen Bey’s concert movie/documentary Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé put a ring on a $27.4M global debut this weekend. Included in that is $6.4M from 2,621 overseas cinemas.
While the movie is rated 100% by both audiences and critics on Rotten Tomatoes, it did come in low versus offshore projections. But we can’t fault the 32-time Grammy winner, nor her global popularity. And it would be unfair to direct comp to the recent Taylor Swift of it all. Beyoncé skews older than the Swifties and so the rush-out is a differentiator.
In IMAX, Renaissance did $5.1M global to become the 2nd biggest IMAX worldwide opening weekend for a musical act film (concert or documentary). Of that $500K was from 125 screens.
From what we understand, France was the best start for Renaissance at $1.4M, followed by the UK at $1.2M and Australia at $400K. (Note that AMC is not reporting international breakdowns, similarly to Eras Tour.) Overseas market releases still to come include Brazil, Hong Kong, Italy, Spain, Thailand and more.
But here’s the thing: while we get all hot and bothered by a global event, sometimes things hit locally and reach the diaspora. So, Animal, the revenge thriller by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, is winning the weekend globally. As we always say, it is difficult to get reliable numbers out of the market, but we are feeling confident that this Ranbir Kapoor thriller will be grossing upwards of $40M this session.