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Melissa Barrera Talks 'In the Heights' Box Office Failure & Why It Felt 'So Unfair'

Melissa Barrera Talks 'In the Heights' Box Office Failure & Why It Felt 'So Unfair'

Melissa Barrera is opening up about the disappointing box office numbers for her movie musical In The Heights, which was released back in June 2021.

At the time, people had just started going back to the movies amid the COVID-19 pandemic and In The Heights was also released on HBO Max on the same day it hit theaters.

The movie only earned $29.88 million at the domestic box office.

Click inside to find out what she said in a new interview…

“I wouldn’t know what people want to see anymore. Besides the superhero movies, it’s such a coin toss for what movies people are going to show up to see now, especially during COVID. It’s such a weird time that we’re living in, and what happened with In the Heights wasn’t our fault. I’ve just learned to not have any expectations. All I can control is my experience while making a film and feeling proud of the work that I’ve done. So I’ve stopped thinking about anything else after that. I hope to God that we can continue going to the movies,” Melissa told The Hollywood Reporter.

She continued, “I never feel good about a movie not doing well at the box office because, for some reason, that becomes the defining factor of whether a movie is good or not. I just thought that it was so unfair what happened with In the Heights. All the headlines that started coming out after we premiered were so brutal and horrible, and they felt very personal to me. It just felt like the industry was blaming us for not doing well and was blaming the fact that we were all Latinos and was blaming the fact that it was a musical that not a lot of people knew. So it just felt very personal, and I remember feeling very shitty afterwards. I was in quarantine in Vancouver because I was about to shoot another show, so I was literally sitting on a couch and reading everything. So it was awful, and it was probably one of the worst feelings I’ve ever felt. I don’t wish that on anyone.”

Anthony Ramos also has spoken out about the poor box office numbers.

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