‘The Color Purple’ Shines Bright at the Box Office on Christmas Day – $18M

Amid the year-end holiday box office “The Color Purple” emerges as a beacon of joy. Produced by luminaries such as Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg the musical made an impressive debut, securing $18.1 million from 3,142 theaters on Monday. This opening marks the second-highest for a movie premiering on Christmas Day and the best since 2009.



‘The Color Purple’ Shines Bright at the Box Office on Christmas Day – $18M


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“The Color Purple” a vibrant adaptation of the beloved novel turned hit Broadway musical made a significant impact at the box office this Christmas Day. Surpassing expectations the film raked in $18 million from 3,152 theaters across North America. This remarkable opening marks the largest on Christmas Day for a film since 2009 and the second-highest ever.

Warner Bros. secured a strong foothold in the box office with “The Color Purple” leading the way, followed by “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” and “Wonka” claiming the top three spots respectively. Directed by Blitz Bazawule and supported by positive reviews and an impressive “A” CinemaScore”The Color Purple” stands out as a musical that resonated strongly, surpassing recent stage-to-screen adaptations’ opening weekend earnings like “West Side Story” “In the Heights” “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Cats.”

The film’s success on its debut day bolstered by favorable reviews and word-of-mouth bodes well for its future performance despite the competitive holiday season. Starring Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo and Halle Bailey, “The Color Purple” tells the compelling story of Celie, navigating trials and triumphs as a Black woman in early 1900s Georgia.

Meanwhile, “The Boys in the Boat” recounting the true story of the University of Washington rowing team at the 1936 Olympics garnered $5.7 million on its release day. Although critics had mixed reviews (earning a 56% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), audiences appeared more enthusiastic, granting it an “A” CinemaScore predominantly attracting older female viewers.

However, Michael Mann’s sports biopic “Ferrari,” featuring Adam Driver as Enzo Ferrari, struggled with a modest $2.8 million from 2,325 venues on its opening day casting doubt on its ability to recoup its $95 million budget.

Elsewhere, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” and “Wonka” maintained their presence, with the former grossing $10.5 million and the latter amassing $10.3 million on Christmas Day. While “Aquaman 2” fell short of initial expectations during the holiday frame, “Wonka” led by Timothée Chalamet continued its strong performance, accumulating $86 million domestically and an impressive $254.9 million worldwide after two weeks in theaters.


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