Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story hits box office problems, shaking a bit of confidence in the movie musical again as it does so.

2021 might have seen a fair few musical movies heading our way, but it turns out that they’re struggling to cut through at the box office. The latest to have a go is Steven Spielberg, whose acclaimed remake of West Side Story opened to $10.5m of business at the US box office over the weekend, below expectations.

It follows the surprisingly muted box office of the summer’s In The Heights, that enjoyed strong reviews as well (albeit a simultaneous HBO Max release in the States). And since then, Dear Evan Hansen has come and gone, whilst Disney offloaded Everybody’s Talking About Jamie to Amazon’s Prime Video service.

For West Side Story, there’s road ahead of it, given that the movie is widely expected to have quite the awards run. But still, with all sorts of further musicals on the way to the big screen, Hollywood will be hoping that things improve on the financial side.

For now, there might just be a few meetings taking place this week…

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