BOX OFFICE: “Evan Hansen” returned to sender. Maybe if he’d worn tights and had superpowers?

The dire Box Office warnings about “Dear Evan Hansen” came true as it came in UNDER the low end of projections -$7.5 million — on its opening weekend. Worst wide opening musical since “Cats,” weaker even than “In the Heights,” which managed $11.5.

Bad reviews are fatal to a musical. But as Broadway Twitter snarked, don’t worry about young but not young enough star Ben Platt. “He’ll be on social security shortly.

“Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” may have been less consequential, an inclusive but empty headed comic book movie. It still is the biggest hit since the pandemic began, racking up another $13.2 million this weekend.

“Free Guy” added another $4 million.

“Candyman” added another $4.5, but is nowhere near $100 million.

“Cry Macho” collected over $2. A bomb at home and abroad.

“Jungle Cruise” took on another $1.7. That’s been a long cruise.

“The Eyes of Tammy Faye” added a lot of screens and still didn’t crack the top ten. Another $621k, $1.5 million total.

All figures from Box Office Pro and Exhibitor Relations.


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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