West Side Story bowed out of the American box office

Image copyright Billboard Image caption Anna Chlumsky and Kyle Bornheimer star in a new version of West Side Story which premiered on Broadway in 1957

Furious 7, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story took a long time to emerge on the movie scene.

But it looks like the inspirational 1960s musical has just missed out on the first three weekends at the US box office.

Overseas, it opened in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. But the full impact of its premiere there is still being felt.

In the US, the film’s $10.5m (£7.4m) opening pales beside previous Spielberg films. War Horse took $15.7m, while Star Wars: The Force Awakens took $27.2m.

Image copyright AP Image caption The original West Side Story won nine Tony Awards in 1957

“The new movie is not on the same level as other Steven Spielberg classics,” said Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst with comScore.

The winner this weekend is another musical, Ferdinand, from 20th Century Fox.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Willem Dafoe and Zazie Beetz star in the family film Ferdinand, which became the fourth-highest opening of the year in the US

It took in $19.2m on opening day in North America and is projected to make $42m for the weekend – so far just behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.

A quiet weekend at the US box office meant that the number of new films to appeal to families were limited, allowing Ferdinand to dominate the top five.

The other newcomers this weekend were the robots-versus-aliens adventure The Mummy, with a disappointing $28m; and Winchester, which got tepid reviews but only took $8.7m.

Quentin Tarantino’s long-awaited ninth film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, did a disappointing $8.2m.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Margot Robbie also stars in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

In the previous weekend, Steven Spielberg’s The Post crossed the $100m mark. It is now on track to be one of the highest-grossing films of the year.

There was no update from Dunkirk, the Christopher Nolan movie about the London-based evacuation of Dunkirk in May 1940.

The film has the fourth-highest opening weekend of the year, but has yet to reach the billion-dollar mark.

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Dunkirk was boosted by its availability in 3D, which was outlawed back in the 1980s by Martin Scorsese’s 1980 film Taxi Driver.

Audiences are also increasingly choosing to use the new technology, which means there has been less activity for visual effects in films.

“The Post was helped by this increased awareness of 3D,” said Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros.

“When we took over the print contract from Sony last year, we considered every inch of screen available in 3D. Now it’s all back in action.”

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