‘West Side Story’ leads box office with $10.5M opening

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Director Steven Spielberg’s musical “West Side Story” grossed $10.5 million in North American theaters this weekend — an underwhelming total for the high-profile project, but enough to claim the top spot at the box office, according to industry estimates released Sunday.

The remake of 1961’s Oscar winner for best picture, based on Stephen Sondheim’s 1957 Broadway smash, beat out Disney’s animated film “Encanto,” which took in $9.4 million in its third weekend in theaters, Comscore reported.

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” was third with $7.1 million Friday through Sunday in its fourth weekend.

“House of Gucci” was next with $4 million in its third week, followed by “Eternals,” which grossed $3.1 million in its sixth week in theaters.

Rounding out the top 10 domestic releases, as estimated by Comscore, were “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” ($1.6 million), “Clifford the Big Red Dog” ($1.3 million), “Christmas with The Chosen: The Messengers” ($1.29 million), “Dune” ($857,000) and “Venom: Let There be Carnage” ($850,000).