Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Don’t Panic Yet: New “West Side Story” Has Excellent Monday & Tuesday at the Box Office


Let’s put a stop to the panic.

“West Side Story” had an excellent Monday and Tuesday after a tough weekend. Adults — the main patrons on those days — got up and got out and went to theater.

On Monday, the Spielberg musical made just over $1 million. The fall off from Sunday to Monday was the same or less than other films in the top 20.

Then yesterday, “WSS” had a nice 28% increase, and made $1.3 million. All of this is good. The fact that it’s up over a mil a day and climbing is very positive. This is going to be a long race. “Spider Man” is going to come roaring in and run over everything this weekend. No comparisons please!

Meantime, “WSS” has 11 nominations from the Critics Choice, more to come from other places. In Supporting, Mike Faist and Ariana DeBose are just getting started. So is Rachel Zegler. “WSS” 2.0 is a landmark film, and also so entertaining and enjoyable. Word of mouth is spreading!


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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