‘The Color Purple’ shatters Christmas Day box office record

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‘The Color Purple’ shatters Christmas Day box office record

The color GREEN is what “The Color Purple” is bringing to the nation’s box offices. That’s because the remake of the original 1985 film, and the Broadway musical was what most movie-goers wanted to see on Christmas Day.

Being that it had the largest Christmas Day opening for a film since 2009 and the second-biggest Christmas Day opening of all time, it has solidly gone beyond expectations with an $18 million take from 3,152 theaters in North America.

Bottom line: theatergoers preferred “Purple” over Michael Mann’s Ferrari” and the George Clooney-directed, inspirational sports story “The Boys in the Boat.”

Boosted by positive reviews and an awesome “A” CinemaScore, “The Color Purple” is the first musical in some time that’s resonated at the box office, according to Variety. The Warner Bros. distributed that was directed by Blitz Bazawule, collected more in a single day than recent stage-to-screen stories — including “West Side Story” ($10.5 million), “In the Heights” ($11 million), “Dear Evan Hansen” ($7.5 million) and “Cats” ($6.6 million) — earned in their opening weekends.

Besides the film itself, “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino is getting rave reviews for her performance (acting and singing) of Celie, a Black woman living in Georgia in the early 1900s. Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, and Halle Bailey round out the cast. Oh yeah, spoiler alert! Whoopi Goldberg, who played Celie in the original version has a cameo role in the new adaptation of “The Color Purple.”

“The Boys in the Boat,” which tells the true story of the University of Washington rowing team that represented the U.S. in the 1936 Olympic games, brought in a decent $5.7 million from 2,557 theaters on its first day of release. Even though critics were mixed on the film (it has a 56% on Rotten Tomatoes), audiences seem to be more enthusiastic, awarding it an “A” CinemaScore. Initial crowds were mostly older females, with 38% of ticket buyers above 55 and 54% women.

Michael Mann’s sports biopic “Ferrari,” starring Adam Driver as automotive mogul Enzo Ferrari, stalled with $2.8 million from 2,325 venues on Monday. At this pace, it’s unlikely the film will justify its $95 million price tag.

Elsewhere “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” brought in $10.5 million from 3,706 venues on Monday. The comic book sequel, starring Jason Momoa as the King of Atlantis, opened with a lower-than-expected $38 million through the four-day holiday frame. With its $205 million price tag, “Aquaman 2” is shaping up to be the latest underperforming tentpole for Warner Bros. and DC following this year’s string of misfires — “The Flash,” “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” and “Blue Beetle.”

“Wonka,” a fantasy musical led by Timothée Chalamet as the eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka, had more to be merry about on Christmas Day with $10.3 million from 4,213 venues. After two weeks of release, the prequel story has generated $86 million domestically and a notable $254.9 million worldwide to date.