Director Steven Spielberg’s new version of “West Side Story”, which was hugely popular after its release in 1961, topped the box office revenues in North American cinemas in its first days.
The specialist company, Exciter Relations, reported that the film grossed $10.5 million over the weekend, with music and historical references included in the first version of the work, which was shown on Broadway for the first time in 1957.
With music composed by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by recently deceased Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim, the film follows the love story between Tony and Maria, who live in conflict between relatives and family.
The film embodies the story of the disputes between the rival gangs “Jets” and “Sharks” for control of the Upper West Side neighborhood in Manhattan.
Critics say the film has the potential to become the first restored work to win an Oscar for Best Picture since “The Departed” in 2006.
Disney’s new animated movie “Incanto” fell to second place with revenues of $9.4 million, bringing its total to $71.3 million in three weeks.
Created with the soundtrack to Lin-Manuel Miranda, this film tells the story of a rural Colombian family with superhuman powers, with the exception of daughter Mirabelle, who eventually has to save the others.
In third place was “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”, the sequel to the famous movie in the eighties, with 7.1 million dollars.
It was followed by Ridley Scott’s new crime drama “House of Gucci” in fourth place, with $4.1 million.
Adam Driver and Lady Gaga star in the film, whose story revolves around the assassination of Maurizio Gucci, heir to the famous Italian fashion house, at the hands of a hired killer who was hired by his ex-wife with the intent of revenge.
The Disney movie “Eternals” in the Marvel Universe series came in fifth with $3.1 million, and “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” came in sixth with $1.7 million.
“Clifford the Big Red Dog” came in seventh with $1.3 million, followed by “Christmas with the Chosen: The Messengers” in eighth with $1.3 million.
Ninth came the movie “Don” with revenues of $857,000, and “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” followed the list with $850,000.
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