“Dear Evan Hansen” opens in second place in “Xiangqi” at box office “Silicon Valley”

Lindsey Bahr Associated Press

“Dear Evan Hansen” may have been a Broadway hit, but the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning show is off to a late start with box office revenue on its first weekend at the theater. Universal musicals, played exclusively in theaters, earned an estimated $ 7.5 million from 3,364 locations, according to Sunday studio estimates.

Disney and Marvel’s “Legend of Xiangqi and Tenling” again came in first, with ticket sales in North America increasing by $ 13.3 million, bringing the total domestic total to $ 196.5 million. Superhero photos have topped the charts for four weeks in a row, surpassing “Black Widow” this weekend, making them the number one pandemic earner in the country.

Few things got in the way of this weekend’s hottest competition, and Dear Evan Hansen’s $ 7.3 million was enough to land in second place. Critics weren’t very impressed, but the viewers found this weekend were fans and provided the A-Cinema Score. According to exit polls, women accounted for an estimated 62% of the audience. “Dear Evan Hansen,” directed by Stephen Chbosky and directed by Stephen Chbosky, is about high school students with social anxiety disorder.

“I’m very proud of Dear Evan Hansen and all of that,” said Jim O, Head of Distribution at Universal. “I think the box office revenue in the country will be better than usual due to the extraordinary movies and the excellent audience score.”

Despite a cast studded with prestigious pedigrees and stars such as Julianne Moore and Amy Adams, “Dear Evan Hansen” has been a punching bag on social media since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month. It came to be. At the heart of the joke is the fact that the 27-year-old Ben Platt, who was the source of the film, plays a teenager.

Paul Delgarabedian, Senior Media Analyst at Comscore, said: “Especially in this market, it’s very difficult to identify and predict what a musical might win at a weekend opening.”

Earlier this year, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” adaptation was overwhelmed by box office despite great reviews, but was also streamed on HBO Max.

The single-digit opening weekend for Dear Evan Hansen reminded us of Cats, which opened in December 2019 for $ 6.6 million. However, the cost of “Dear Evan Hansen” was significantly lower, at $ 28 million vs. $ 95 million. “Cat” has started a worse review in the pre-pandemic environment.

“‘Cat’ is a completely different movie released in a completely different market. I don’t think the comparison is always fair,” said Dargala Bedian. “It’s about the audience making choices.”

There is also an exception to “The Greatest Showman”. Hugh Jackman’s musical opened for a deadly $ 8.8 million in 2017 and 2018 against all box office revenues, but exceeded $ 434.9 million worldwide. Justin Paul and Benj Pasek were the songwriting duo behind both “The Greatest Showman” and “Dear Evan Hansen.”

With the exception of “Xiangqi,” September is late for most movies. This weekend’s 3rd place movie was “Free Guy”, which went to the theater for 7 weeks and 6th place to “Jungle Cruise” in the 9th week. However, a bigger blockbuster will be coming to theaters in North America from October. “Venom” will be the sequel this Friday, James Bond’s movie “No Time to Die” will continue on October 8th, and “Dune” will continue on October 22nd.

“This is the calm of the saying before the storm. October is probably one of the biggest box office months of the year,” said Delgarabedian. “It will be like the summer of October in the cinema.”

And “Dune” is already in operation in 32 overseas markets. Frank Herbert’s science fiction adaptations generated $ 76.5 million in revenue in two weeks.

Estimated ticket sales from Friday to Sunday at theaters in the US and Canada, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be announced on Monday.

  1. “Legend of Xiangqi and Tenring”, $ 13.3 million.
  2. “Dear Evan Hansen”, $ 7.5 million.
  3. “Free Guy”, $ 4.1 million.
  4. “Candyman”, $ 2.5 million.
  5. “Cry Macho”, $ 2.1 million.
  6. “Jungle Cruise”, $ 1.7 million.
  7. “Malignant”, $ 1.5 million.
  8. “Copshop”, $ 1.3 million.
  9. “Paw Patrol”, $ 1.1 million.
  10. “Love Story”, $ 893,765. “Dear Evan Hansen” opens in second place in “Xiangqi” at box office “Silicon Valley”

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