‘West Side Story’ Is Barely Beating ‘Encanto’ With $10 Million Box Office Opening

‘West Side Story’ Is Barely Beating ‘Encanto’ With $10 Million Box Office Opening

20th Century Studios’ “West Side Myth” is off to a wicked originate at the box arena of industrial, because it is miles now not most tantalizing falling rapid of box arena of industrial projections but can even even lose the No. 1 plight on the charts to the third weekend of Disney’s “Encanto.”

No matter the pedigree of director Steven Spielberg and extremely exact viewers and serious reception, this musical with a $100 million manufacturing funds grossed a mere $4 million from 2,820 areas on Friday, including $800,000 from Thursday previews. Replace estimates now maintain the movie incomes a gap weekend of supreme $9.8 million, under projections for a originate in the mid-younger americans as smartly because the anemic $11.5 million opening of “Within the Heights,” which flopped at the box arena of industrial with $43 million grossed against a $50 million funds.

There’s accrued an various that “West Side Myth” can even acquire greater once Christmas rolls around, as movies love “The Most tantalizing Showman” maintain additionally opened to melancholy numbers but legged out immensely throughout the vacation duration as moviegoing increased. In conjunction with a 93% Unsuitable Tomatoes critics salvage and its new place as a serious Oscar contender, the musical has an A on CinemaScore and a 95% Unsuitable Tomatoes viewers salvage.

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Nevertheless the nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases, fueled by the Delta and Omicron variants, can even preserve the movie’s core demographic of older urban audiences home whereas “Spider-Man: No System Home,” which is anticipated to contaminated over $100 million in its opening next weekend, squeezes out competition for younger moviegoers.

Disney’s “Encanto” is candy in the attend of “West Side Myth” with $9.6 million in its third weekend, giving it a whole of $71.5 million domestically. It is now the top grossing piquant movie of 2021, passing the $70.5 million home crammed with “Dispute Jam: A Sleek Legacy.” It became to be anticipated as “Encanto” is in the midst of a 30-day theatrical distinctive window in a time when piquant movies maintain both opened day-and-date on streaming platforms or skipped theaters fully.

Sony’s “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” is third with $6.4 million in its fourth weekend and a $111 million full, whereas MGM’s “Home of Gucci” is fourth with $4 millon in its third weekend and a $41 million full. Marvel Studios’ “Eternals” completes the high 5 with $3 million in its sixth weekend and a $161 million full.

Exterior the high 5 is STX’s sports movie “Nationwide Champions,” which grossed $120,000 from 1,197 theaters on Friday for an estimated opening of $320,000. The movie will be released on-query in early January to time with the college football national championship sport.