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Business'Dear Evan Hansen' opens with $7.5 million at domestic box office

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ opens with $7.5 million at domestic box office

Ben Platt stars in “Dear Evan Hansen.”

Universal

Universal’s “Dear Evan Hansen” did not lure in even essentially the most ardent followers of the Broadway musical, hauling in an estimated $7.5 million throughout its domestic opening weekend.

Marred by adverse evaluations, the movie fell wanting expectations, which predicted the difference would soak up $10 million in ticket gross sales over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s an unfortunate misfire for a film that simply didn’t connect with audiences outside the most dedicated fans of the stage play,” stated Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com. “Musicals are hit and miss on a commercial level when it comes to motion pictures, and this movie’s performance, in particular, may give us further insight into what kind of escapism moviegoers are and aren’t looking for in the immediate future as they come back to cinemas.”

With diminishing returns probably over the subsequent few weeks, “Dear Evan Hansen” will wrestle to recoup its $28 million manufacturing finances and extra advertising and marketing spend.

This might be a modest loss in comparison with Universal’s final musical movie “Cats,” which opened to simply $6.5 million in late 2019 and in the end misplaced the studio a big chunk of its $100 million finances.

Warner Bros.’ “In The Heights” additionally had a troublesome time attracting audiences when it debuted in June, garnering solely $11.5 million over its opening weekend and just below $45 million for its whole run regardless of rave evaluations.

To make certain, the difference of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning Broadway present was additionally launched on HBO Max at the identical time it was obtainable in theaters, probably contributing to its lackluster box office.

Disclosure: Comcast is the father or mother firm of NBCUniversal and CNBC. NBCUniversal distributed “Dear Evan Hansen.”

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