The women behind the two biggest musical tours of the year came together Wednesday night to celebrate the release of Taylor Swift’s concert movie, with the “Cruel Summer” singer calling Beyoncé, whose Renaissance World Tour has run parallel with the Eras Tour, a “guiding light throughout my career.”
The Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour movie premiered Wednesday night at the Grove in Los Angeles—the outdoor mall completely shut down for the event—and featured a surprise appearance from Beyoncé Knowles-Carter in a show of support that comes amid a year full of comparison between the two pop superstars, as they simultaneously perform two of the largest-ever tours in music.
In a blue Oscar de la Renta gown, Swift walked the carpet with Beyoncé in a skintight black catsuit before the showing of the film, a cinematic look at the record-breaking tour that drew more than 70,000 attendees per show on its 40-stop first run—the total tour will have 146 stops on five continents after it resumes in November.
News helicopters circled, reporters crammed into The Grove and thousands of fans crowded on sidewalks and crosswalks ahead of the premiere, Variety reported, which showed the movie in 13 of the AMC’s Grove theaters, where Swift spoke to each crowd individually before the show.
Beyoncé wasn’t the only star to show up for Swift’s premiere Wednesday, and others who walked the red carpet included Maren Morris, Mariska Hargitay (Swift named her cat, Olivia Benson, after her cLaw And Order: SVU haracter), Simu Liu, Jennifer Meyer, Molly Sims, Becca Tilley, Hayley Kiyoko, Shelby Young, Karamo Brown, Owenn, Fortune Feimster, Jenna Davis and more.
“I’m so glad I’ll never know what my life would’ve been like without @beyonce’s influence,” Swift wrote on Instagram after the premiere. “The fact that she showed up tonight was like an actual fairy tale.”
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The Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour movie will open a day earlier than previously announced after a premiere announcement from Swift. Screenings will start at 6 p.m. Thursday and by Friday, the original release date, it will be showing in 3,850 U.S. movie theaters and 4,150 theaters worldwide. It earned $26 million in single-day ticket sales at AMC Theaters when it was first announced in August—breaking AMC’s record—and is projected to open with at least $100 million at the domestic box office, according to Variety. Some projections have it grossing more than $200 million in its opening weekend.
Taylor Swift announced the documentary-style concert film in August. The movie will run for 165 minutes and the trailer for the film shows Swift explaining the tour—which includes music from all 10 of her albums released over 17 years—alongside video of the performances and fan reaction to what she called the “most meaningful, electric experience of my life so far.” The movie will explore the tour that is expected to bring in record-breaking earnings by the time it ends next year, potentially pushing Swift into billionaire status. The only tour that comes close to the frenzied scale of Swift’s—Beyoncé’s—happened to kick off less than two months after the first Eras stop and ran at the same time all summer long. Both tours sparked a massive rush for tickets—Swift’s were re-listed for as much as $90,000 as the singer fought ticket scalpers and Beyonce’s, which didn’t see the same resale problems, sold for thousands of dollars from the get go. The Beyoncé Renaissance World Tour movie is set to premiere December 1.
$2.1 billion. That’s how much Beyoncé could earn from her Renaissance World Tour. Swift is expected to earn $1.6 billion from Eras as of May.
This isn’t the first time Taylor Swift and Beyoncé have been linked, and one of their first professional run-ins almost 15 years ago resulted in a pop culture moment that still reverberates today. It was at the 2009 VMAs, three years after Swift’s debut country music album, that she won the award for Best Female Video. As she started her acceptance speech, rapper Kanye West stormed the stage, took the microphone out of her hand and said “I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.” A stunned Beyoncé, who was 28 years old at the time to Swift’s 19, stared in horror as the scene played out. When she was later awarded Video of the Year, she invited Swift back onstage to finish her acceptance speech. The event and subsequent fallout went on to inspire songs of both Swift and West’s, including the 2016 song Famous in which he sang “I made that bitch famous” about the incident. Beyoncé and Swift have publicly supported each other several times since the VMAs: Beyoncé sent Swift a handwritten note congratulating her record-breaking 2021 Grammy season and she and her husband Jay-Z attended Swift’s birthday party in 2015.
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