Box Office: ‘The Color Purple’ Hits $25 Million After Two Day

"The Color Purple" earned an additional $7.1 million on Tuesday, pushing its domestic box office total to an astonishing $25 million after just two days in theaters.

The Warner Bros. picture, an adaption of the popular book-turned-movie-turned-hit-Broadway-musical, debuted in theaters on Monday.

With $18 million, it nearly broke the holiday record, becoming the largest Christmas Day opening for a film since 2009 and the second-largest Christmas Day opening of all time.

"The Color Purple," directed by Blitz Bazawule, gets off to a promising start for a musical. Stage-to-screen adaptations have a shaky (at best) track record,

with recent efforts such as Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" remake, "In the Heights," "Dear Evan Hansen," and "Cats" failing to find an audience. 

However, because it cost $100 million, "The Color Purple" must stay the de facto choice for families until the new year in order to earn a profit. 

Positive reviews and supportive word-of-mouth should aid the film, which stars Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, and Colman Domingo and is headed by "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino.

Otherwise, the holiday season has been disappointing, as "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" tries to live up to its billion-dollar predecessor.

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