‘Dear Evan Hansen’ baffles as ‘Shang-Chi’ becomes the greatest film of 2021

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ baffles as ‘Shang-Chi’ becomes the greatest film of 2021

“Dear Evan Hansen,” a film dependent on the adored Broadway hit musical, opened to a paltry $7.5 million at the North American box office this weekend.

Estimates for the Universal Pictures film, which has Ben Platt repeating his role as the titular character, were all over the map. A few investigators believed the film would make around $10 million while others projected nearer to what the film at last got.

Nonetheless, $7.5 million is disillusioning for a film that depends on a Tony Award-winning musical with a strong fan base, a US national tour and a London production.

There are different reasons behind why “Evan Hansen” failed to get more ticket sales. For starters, the movie theater industry is as yet recuperating from the ongoing pandemic.

Furthermore, the actual film was broadly panned by pundits, acquiring a 33% score on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. In his own review of “Dear Evan Hansen,” CNN’s Brian Lowry composed that its songs were “modest compensation for watching this slow-motion train wreck unfold.”

All things considered, the film was appreciated by the people who went to see it, collecting “A-” CinemaScore.

Musicals overall are a hit-and-miss proposition at the box office. For each achievement like 2008’s “Mamma Mia!,” which had a $27.7 million opening weekend, there are dissatisfactions as summer this’ “In The Heights,” whose first weekend pulled in just $11 million.

From its opening weekend, “Evan Hansen” resembles it’s heading toward the latter category.

Somewhere else in the cinema world, Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” continues to discover achievement.

The action film seized the No. 1 spot for the fourth weekend straight at the North American box office with a $13.3 million take. The film, which has grossed $363.4 million all around the world and $196.5 million domestically, is the highest-grossing domestic film of 2021 up until this point.

The Marvel film will have competition in the coming weeks, in any case.

October seems to be one of the most significant periods on the film calendar since the pandemic began. The month starts off the following week with Sony’s comic book film “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” which will be followed by the highly anticipated, and much deferred, James Bond film “No Time to Die.”

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