‘West Side Story’ Opening Underwhelms at Weekend Box Office

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ reported $100 million remake of West Side Story topped the weekend box office with a projected $10.5 million in ticket sales — below expectations — across more than 2,800 screens through Dec. 12. 

The movie was projected to make nearly $14 million its first weekend, based on director Steven Spielberg’s involvement and strong social media reviews.

Instead, the musical with an ensemble cast is set to open below Warner Bros. Pictures’ under-performing Lin-Manuel Miranda musical In the Heights, which generated $11.5 million back in June, while simultaneously streaming on HBO Max.

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The week’s other new release, STX’s National Champions, a sports-themed drama about college football players threatening to boycott a title game unless financially compensated, barely showed a pulse. The film, which generated just $300,000 across 1,000 screens, is being primed for a premium VOD release around the NCAA Division 1 national championship football game on Jan. 10, 2022.

Among returning theatrical releases, Disney’s Encanto generated $9.42 million in estimated third-weekend ticket sales, followed by $6.4 million in week four for Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife. United Artists Releasing’s House of Gucci saw $4 million in its third weekend of release, followed by Disney’s Eternals with $3.1 million in its sixth week.

Finally, Fathom Events’ faith-based film Christmas With the Chosen generated $1.63 million in its second weekend, followed by Sony Pictures’ Resident Evil: Raccoon City with $1.55 million, Warner Bros.’ Dune with $857,000, and Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage with $760,000.

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