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'Dear Evan Hansen' falls short of expectations as 'Shang-Chi' becomes the year's biggest film

In its North American premiere this weekend, "Dear Evan Hansen," a film adaptation of the beloved Broadway hit musical, earned a pitiful $7.5 million at the box office.

It was difficult to predict how much money would be made from the Universal Pictures film, which will star Ben Platt in a reprise of his role as the titular character. Some analysts predicted that the film would gross around $10 million, while others predicted a figure that was closer to what the film actually earned.

However, $7.5 million is a disappointing sum for a film that is based on a Tony Award-winning musical that has a loyal following, a national tour in the United States, and a London production.

There are a variety of reasons why "Evan Hansen" was unable to generate more ticket sales than anticipated. As a starting point, the movie theater industry is still reeling from the effects of the ongoing flu epidemic.

In addition, the film itself received a mixed reception from critics, earning a 33 percent rating on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. CNN's Brian Lowry wrote in his own review of "Dear Evan Hansen" that the show's songs were "modest compensation for watching this slow-motion train wreck unfold." "Dear Evan Hansen" is currently in theaters.

Having said that, the film was well received by those who did see it, earning a "A-" CinemaScore from the critics.

Musicals, in general, are a hit-or-miss proposition at the box office, and this is no exception. On the other hand, for every box office success like 2008's "Mamma Mia!," which earned $27.7 million in its first weekend, there are box office disappointments like this summer's "In The Heights," which earned only $11 million in its opening weekend.

"Evan Hansen" appears to be heading in the direction of the latter category based on its first weekend of release.

In other news, Marvel's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" continues to have a successful run at the box office.

The action film took the top spot at the North American box office for the fourth weekend in a row, grossing $13.3 million over the weekend. In its first week of release, the film grossed $363.4 million worldwide and $196.5 million domestically, making it the highest-grossing domestic film of 2021 thus far.

The Marvel film, on the other hand, will face stiff competition in the coming weeks.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, October has appeared to be one of the most important months on the film calendar, according to early indications. The month will begin next week with the release of Sony's comic book film "Venom: Let There Be Carnage," which will be followed by the highly anticipated and long-awaited James Bond film "No Time to Die," which will be released in December.

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