Marvel and Spielberg fans clash in debate over ‘West Side Story’ failure


Believe it or not, the theater industry is about more than just adaptations of Marvel Comics. Well, from a business standpoint, that’s not strictly true, especially when you crunch the numbers and break down the 2021 box office.

Five of the six top-grossing national releases of the year? Four are from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while the other is Venom: let there be carnage. What about Hollywood blockbusters on a global scale? In this case, the comic book company’s superhero list is just five of the top nine, with No time to die, Fast & Furious 9, Godzilla vs. Kong and Dune fill in the rest.

that of Steven Spielberg West Side Story is one of many acclaimed films to have fallen by the wayside and crumpled up hard during the pandemic, even though he’s supposed to be a big hitter in awards season. As you can see below, a debate rages on as to why such a popular and instantly beloved musical suffered such a fate.

There’s also Ansel Elgort’s situation to consider, but try to name a dramatic film aimed at an older audience that has been very successful this year. We will wait because there is none. It’s blockbusters or a bust, and West Side Story is just one of the many victims who have fallen by the wayside.


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