The Canadian Press – 26 sept. 2021 / 10:08 | History: 346847
This image released by Marvel Studios shows Simu Liu in a scene from “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”. (Jasin Boland / Marvel Studios via AP)
“Dear Evan Hansen” may have been a hit on Broadway, but Tony’s film adaptation of the award-winning show is slowly starting at the box office on its first weekend in theaters. The musical Universal, which plays exclusively in theaters, grossed around $ 7.5 million from 3,364 locations, according to studio estimates on Sunday.
First place went to Disney and Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” which added $ 13.3 million in ticket sales in North America, bringing its national total to $ 196.5 million. . The superhero photo has topped the charts for four weekends in a row and surpassed “Black Widow” this weekend to become the biggest national earner in the pandemic.
With little top-level competition this weekend, “Dear Evan Hansen ”’s $ 7.3 million was enough to land him in second place. While critics were less than impressed, the audience that showed up this weekend were fans and awarded it an A-CinemaScore. Women represented around 62% of the audience according to exit polls. Directed by Stephen Chbosky and written by Steven Levenson, “Dear Evan Hansen” is about a high school student with social anxiety disorder.
“We are extremely proud of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ and all that relates to it,” said Jim Orr, Head of Distribution for Universal. “With an exceptional film and excellent audience scores, we believe this will lead to a better than normal run at the domestic box office. “
Despite her prestigious pedigree and star-studded cast including Julianne Moore and Amy Adams, “Dear Evan Hansen” has become something of a social media punching bag since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month. . At the heart of the jokes is the fact that the film has a 27-year-old Ben Platt, who originally started the role, playing a teenage boy.
The single-digit opening weekend reminded some “Cats” that opened at $ 6.6 million in December 2019. But “Dear Evan Hansen” cost a lot less – $ 28 million versus $ 95 million. of dollars – on top of the fact that “Cats” was cast for worse reviews. in a pre-pandemic environment. There is also an exception “The Greatest Showman”. The Hugh Jackman musical defied box office logic in 2017 and 2018 when it opened at $ 8.8 million, but grossed over $ 434.9 million worldwide. Justin Paul and Benj Pasek were the songwriting duo behind “The Greatest Showman” and “Dear Evan Hansen”.
Bigger blockbusters will hit North American theaters from October, with the sequel to “Venom” next Friday, the James Bond film “No Time to Die” following October 8 and “Dune” on October 22. October.