West Side Story box office jumps to $10 million on Friday opening

The music movie curse in 2021 has not shown any signs of cooling down yet. Even with one of the most famous filmmakers of all time, West story earned just $4.1 million on Friday, for an estimated opening weekend in the $10 million range. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film is the second big-screen adaptation of the iconic 1957 musical of the same name with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernsteinand the lyrics of the end Stephen Sondheim.

Opening day audiences gave the film an excellent CinemaScore “A,” which could help the film in the long run over the holiday season – films released during this time slot often have larger multiples. any other time of the year. Eg, Hugh Jackman-star pellets The greatest performer took it to $174 million domestically after its $9 million opening weekend in 2017. But that musical was an anomaly, and more importantly, it wasn’t released during a pandemic. . By the way, it’s because of the pandemic, which West story was delayed for a year.

All signs are that the brief revival of musicals a few years ago is waning. Earlier this year, the director Jon M. Chu‘S In the heights surged after similarly enthusiastic reviews, ending its run with less than $50 million worldwide — but, it should be noted, the film was also released day in and day out on the streaming service. HBO Max. Box office performance of theater exclusivity To Evan Hansen, however, is just as faint. A $10 million opening weekend gross is low even by relative standards (for him) the muted (for him) Spielberg adult fare such as Bridge of Spies, Lincoln, and War Horse—All legitimate hits. West story It reportedly cost $100 million to make, and it’s currently facing an even bigger challenge, which could be helped by the pile of Oscar nominations the film is expected to garner. suck.


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In fact, West story may not even jump to the top. Opera Encanto is holding steady for the third weekend and is poised to top $9.5 million, down just 27% from last weekend. Contains original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the animated film hopes to cross the $150 million mark internationally before its premiere on Disney+ on December 24.

No matter which movie tops the charts, director Jason Reitman‘S Ghostbusters: Afterlife would end in third place with a $6.4 million weekend, bringing the film’s domestic running total to just over $110 million. The film serves as a lighthearted reboot of the comedy series and introduces a new cast alongside fan-favorite veterans. Kingdom Come also function as a welcome back to commercially successful filmmaking for the Oscar-nominated Reitman, who after a string of award-winning TV series was left out of sight with a slew of actors. low quality.

Manager Ridley Scott‘S Gucci house is expected to take fourth place with $1.27 million on Friday. With over $40 million in domestic banking, Gucci house was one of the few adult dramas that failed at the box office during the pandemic. However, the film will require the synergy of international numbers and Oscar nominations to push it past its reported $75 million budget.

Holding fifth place with an estimated $2.93 million this weekend is Marvel’s the eternal, will cross the $160 million mark domestically on Sunday. Internationally, the meditative superhero movie made nearly $400 million, though most divisive review in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Next weekend will see the release of the long awaited film Spider-Man: There’s no way home, It’s a expected to set a pandemic record and to the right of the MCU ship.

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