One would think that a brand new Steven Spielberg movie would absolutely crush at the box office, and honestly, why shouldn’t it? After all, this is the same man that helmed huge movies such as Jaws, Jurassic Park, and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
But, surprisingly, his new feature film adaptation of West Side Story is struggling at the box office, pulling in a weekend total of just $10.5 million. With a budget of $100 million, the newest Spielberg adventure will have to have a seriously groundbreaking second weekend if it wants to break even. And considering the fact that Jon Watts‘ Spider-Man: No Way Home is opening in theatres next Friday, that’s probably not going to happen.
Coming in second place this weekend is the newest Disney outing Encanto, which managed to earn a total of $9.42 million. The acclaimed animated feature sees a -28% drop in revenue from last weekend.
Meanwhile, Jason Reitman‘s Ghostbusters: Afterlife slimed its way into third place, earning a total of $7.1 million at the box office this weekend, seeing a -31% drop since the last weekend. The Sony release has $112M so far, putting it only about 4% behind the 2016 Ghostbusters at the same point in its run. On the independent scene, Sean Baker‘s Red Rocket had the second biggest per-screen average, behind Paul Thomas Anderson‘s indie hit Licorice Pizza, taking in just shy of 100K.
Here’s the full list of the top ten films of the week:
- West Side Story – $10.5M – 2,820 theatres
- Encanto – $9.42M (-28%) – 3,750 theatres
- Ghostbusters: Afterlife – $7.1M (-31%) – 3,815 theatres
- House of Gucci – $4M (-42%) – 3,407 theatres
- Eternals – $3.1M (-24%) – 3,030 theatres
- Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City – $1.65M (-39%) – 2,572 theatres
- Clifford the Big Red Dog – $1.32M (-30%) – 2,840 theatres
- Christmas with the Chosen: The Messengers – $1.29M (-69%) – 1,450 theatres
- Dune – $857K – (-54%) – 948 theatres
- Venom: Let There Be Carnage – $850K (-15%) – 1,003 theatres
Source: Box Office Pro