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Dear Evan Hansen Massively Underperforms, Shang Chi Officially Becomes Biggest Film of 2021 So Far

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“Dear Evan Hansen,” the Universal Pictures adaptation of the smash Broadway musical, didn’t strike a chord with moviegoers.

Marred by negative reviews and COVID-19 concerns, the film fell short of expectations and collected a muted $7.5 million from 3,365 North American theaters in its debut. Industry experts predicted the movie musical would make at least $10 million between Friday and Sunday.

Even though the film seems unlikely to turn a profit in theaters, the losses won’t be catastrophic. “Dear Evan Hansen” cost $28 million to produce, a modest budget for a musical. That puts Universal in a much better position compared to its last movie musical, “Cats,” which opened to $6.5 million in late 2019 and ultimately lost the studio nearly all of its $100 million budget.

Given the underwhelming turnout for “Dear Evan Hansen,” reigning box office champion “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” had no trouble staying atop domestic charts, even in its fourth weekend of release. The Disney and Marvel superhero adventure added a solid $13.3 million in ticket sales, bringing its domestic tally to $196.5 million, a pandemic record.

After this weekend’s haul, “Shang-Chi” surpassed its fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe installment “Black Widow” ($183 million) as the highest-grossing movie of the year.

 

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5 minutes ago, Starboy said:

When will Universal studios take the hint that no one likes or watches musicals, especially movie adaptations of them. They’re all awful and corny.

...............if that were the case then broadway wouldn't be as successful or as popular as it is lmaooooo

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49 minutes ago, Starboy said:

Broadway is very localized 

Hard disagree. People travel internationally just to come and see shows on Broadway. If it was localized, you wouldn't see shows pulling in as much money as they do. As a matter of fact, for the 2018-2019 season, there was a total of 14.8 million admissions, the highest in history and that number is expected to climb even higher once everything has returned to normal. Brodway's continued to grow in relevance and audience intrigue, especially with the advent of streaming making the productions on Broadway enter the public consciousness in more direct ways.

Your point about no one liking or watching movie musicals is also false as there have been numerous movie musicals through the 2000s and 2010s, both adaptations and original, that did perfectly well at the box office. Chicago did $306 million. Phantom did $154 million. Hairspray did $203 million. Mama Mia did $602 million. Into the Woods did $212 million. Les Mis did $441 million. The Greatest Showman did $435 million. La La Land did $448 million. There is most definitely an audience there and musicals regularly do just fine. When there's bad word of mouth, they flop, and Dear Evan Hansen has had nothing but bad press and deservedly so. 

In the Heights flopped because of the pandemic and Dear Evan Hansen, a movie that was by all accounts slated to do well due to the popularity of it's source material, did poorly because we knew over a month ago it was awful because the reviews were scathing. Couple that with the whole film being a product of nepotism and it's obvious why audiences were turned off. 

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The broadway crowd isn't necessarily the movie crowd.

 

That being said, the promotional turnout for Evan Hansen was pretty terrible. All of the trailers are pretty vague and it just seems like a sad, wish-washy movie. People may not be in the mood for shit like that rn – if they could understand what it was about anyway. 

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Welp DEH's promotion sucked and they made the mistake of choosing Ben Platt to be Evan Hansen. We all know that Ben is too old for that role anymore. They should have chosen someone younger. And the storyline is too predictable and generic tbh mad5 Shang Chi was much better clap3

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Haven’t watched Dear Evan Hansen but I’ll probably watch Jenny Nicholson’s video essay on it and that’ll be all I need to know.

 

Shang Chi was great. It’s the first movie I saw in theaters since Frozen 2 all the back in 2019. And I had a pretty empty theater too.

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Broadway is very localized 


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