“Dear Evan Hansen, “The Universal Pictures adaptation of the smashing Broadway musical did not strike a chord with moviegoers.
Marred by negative reviews and COVID-19 concerns, the film lacked expectations and raised $ 7.5 million from 3,365 North American theaters in its debut. Industry experts predicted the film musical would earn at least $ 10 million between Friday and Sunday.
Although the film seems unlikely to make a profit on cinemas, the losses will not be catastrophic. “Dear Evan Hansen” cost $ 28 million to produce, a modest budget for a musical. That puts Universal in a much better position compared to its latest film musical, “Cats,” which opened at $ 6.5 million in late 2019 and the studio eventually lost almost all of its $ 100 million budget.
The critical response to “Dear Evan Hansen” has been vastly different from the glowing reactions that greeted the 2016 version, which gave six Tony Awards and cemented Ben Platt as a star. It underscores the struggle to bring even commercially popular musicals to the big screen. Earlier this summer, the well-publicized Warner Bros. adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit show “In the Heights” struggled to draw crowds while also debuting on HBO Max. The splashy song-and-dance play cost $ 55 million, almost double the amount Universal spent on “Dear Evan Hansen,” and opened at $ 11.5 million. It closed its box office with $ 29 million in the United States and Canada and $ 43 million globally, losing millions for the study.
Platt repeated his role as Evan Hansen, an anxious high school student who finds himself entangled in a lie that goes out of control. Many criticized the casting choice because Platt is 27 years old and does not look like a teenager. Audiences, at least the few who bought a ticket over the opening weekend, seemed less distracted by a high school student with shadow at 5 o’clock. Moviegoers awarded the film an “A-” CinemaScore, which is exponentially better than its 33% on Rotten Tomatoes. About 62% of the borrowers were women, while 53% like Platt were over 25 years old.
In view of the overwhelming turnout for “Dear Evan Hansen,” reigning treasurer “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings“Had no trouble staying on top of domestic charts, even in its fourth weekend of release. The superhero adventure Disney and Marvel added solid ticket sales of $ 13.3 million, bringing its domestic amount to $ 196.5 million, a pandemic record.
After the weekend’s move, “Shang-Chi” surpassed its second Marvel Cinematic Universe episode “Black Widow” ($ 183 million) as the highest-grossing film of the year. Unlike “Shang-Chi”, “Black Widow” under the direction of Scarlett Johansson was not exclusively available in cinemas. The film also premiered on Disney Plus (for a $ 30 premium), generating at least $ 125 million. Weeks ago, Johansson sued Disney, claiming that the film’s hybrid release depressed ticket sales and reduced her compensation.
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