“The Color Purple” began as a book, was turned into a celebrated film, was then turned into a Broadway musical, and now gets a new film adaptation of said musical – and the result is a hit.

Building on both the legacy of the previous film and incorporating elements of the musical, the new “The Color Purple” opened on Christmas Day and conquered the box-office, outperforming all expectations.

The movie pulled in $18.2 million in one day, the largest Christmas Day opening for a film in well over a decade, and the second-biggest Christmas Day opening of all time behind only “Sherlock Holmes” with $24.6 million.

it earned more in one day than other recent musicals like “West Side Story,” “In the Heights” or “Dear Evan Hansen” earned in their opening weekends. It also nearly tripled the “Cats” opening weekend.

The film earned a glowing A CinemaScore from audiences and sits at 89% (7.4/10) on Rotten Tomatoes with critics and 94% with audiences – that’s above the 73% (7.6/10) critics score and on par with the 94% audience score of Spielberg’s 1985 film.

The film easily beat two other newcomers – George Clooney’s “The Boys in the Boat” with $5.7 million and Michael Mann’s “Ferrari” with $2.85 million. ‘Boat’ scored mixed reviews from critics (57%) but landed a strong A CinemaScore from audiences, whereas “Ferrari” was better regarded by critics (74%) but not by audiences who gave it only a B CinemaScore.

Combined with “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” ($10.5 million) and “Wonka” ($10.3 million) Warner Bros. Pictures held the top three spots on domestic charts on the Monday holiday.

Source: Variety

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