“Dear Evan Hansen” is projected for an opening between $9-12 million. It opens in a quiet week for new releases at the box office, with the studio saying the film is tracking well across all demos, particularly with women 17-34. The film’s trailer has even racked up over 21 million views on YouTube since it debuted in May.
But the movie has been hounded by negative buzz, both because of its disappointing reviews (it currently has a 36% score on Rotten Tomatoes) and questions about whether its star, 27-year-old Ben Platt, is too old to have reprised his role as a high schooler. The film has also received some criticism for its themes of teenage suicide and anxiety.