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Movie Monday: Beyoncé Topples ‘Songbirds & Snakes’

Renaissance A Film by Beyonce

In The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, protagonist Lucy Gray Baird sings her way into the hearts of Capitol viewers everywhere. But this weekend, Beyoncé was like, “You call that singing? I’ll show you singing.”

Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé, danced into theaters this weekend. And just like many a Beyoncé single, it climbed to the top of the charts. Renaissance earned an estimated $21 million domestically. While that’s less than a quarter of what Taylor Swift’s own concert film, The Eras Tour, opened with a couple of months ago, it was still enough to push Renaissance past Songbirds & Snakes and to No. 1.

The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes might’ve slithered into second place, but it’s still not through with its own box-office song. The $15.5 million it earned this weekend pushed its total North American take to $121.2 million. Add in its overseas earnings, and The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’ overall haul more than doubles, to $243.9 million.

Renaissance and Songbirds & Snakes might’ve been the weekend’s financial giants. But moviedom’s biggest cinematic attraction? Literally? That honor would have to go to Godzilla Minus One. The Japanese import stomped through American theaters and gobbled up a tidy $11 million. That was enough to push Godzilla to third place. And given the praise the film’s been getting (it’s at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes), it could be roaring for some time to come.

It was, incidentally, the only film in the weekend’s top five that didn’t include a lot of singing. Unless, y’know, Godzilla’s roars are the equivalent of kaiju lounge music.

The entire cast of Trolls Band Together wouldn’t make so much as a mouthful for Godzilla. But the multicolored songsters still put up a fight. Trolls Band Together banked $7.6 million to finish fourth, bringing its total haul to $74.8 million overall.

Wish, Disney’s latest animated flick, closed out the top five with $7.4 million. That pushes its total domestic gross to a paltry $42 million. Disney, surely, wished for more.

Two other new wide-release films settled well outside the top contenders. The Shift, a Christian movie that blends a dystopian sci-fi plot with themes from the biblical book of Job, landed in eighth place with $4.4 million. And Silent Night—an R-rated actioner with basically no dialogue—whispered its way to a $3 million, ninth-place performance.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.