Monday, June 17, 2024

Box Office: “Evan Hansen” Return to Sender with Just $7.5 Mil Opening Weekend, “Tammy Faye” Preaches to the Choir


It ‘s curtains for “Dear Evan Hansen.”

The Broadway musical turned movie is based on a letter Evan writes to himself but is found in a dead kid’s belongings.

But it’s Return to Sender for the movie which made just $7.5 million including $800,000 in Thursday previews. Ouch!

Universal is headed for a small disaster reminiscent of Warner’s “In the Heights”  disappointment from last June. They should put Evan Hansen on Peacock or VOD right away, do something with it in schools. That’s probably their audience.

Not every hit Broadway show can translate onto the screen. “Evan Hansen” had a lot of issues on stage that no one thought about. Same with “Cats” and “In the Heights.”

The musical that won’t have a problem going back to film is “West Side Story.” Watch Steven Spielberg’s movie soar this December.

Keep refreshing… bracing for some numbers including “Cry Macho” and “Eyes of Tammy Faye”…

“The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” reports Exhibitor Relations, added 902 theaters and dropped 5% from last week. Total now just $1.5 million. As Jeff Bock points out, get this thing on Disney Plus pronto.

Clint Eastwood’s “Cry Macho” made $2 million over the weekend, another $2 mil Monday through Thursday, bringing its total to $8 million. Who knows who’s watching it on HBO Max? I loved this little film, but it’s dying quickly. With a small budget it will make money in time.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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