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Why In The Heights Flopping Felt So ‘Sh—y’ To Star Melissa Barrera

Melissa Barrera is having a great start to 2022, as she’s not only become a scream queen but has done so in none-other-than the fifth Scream movie, alongside Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox. The new horror installment has already become the first hit of the new year by dethroning Spider-Man: No Way Home at the box office last week for the No. 1 spot. However, Barrera’s flick 2021 summer flick, In The Heights, didn’t receive the same attention and the actress admitted to feeling “shitty” about it.

Jon M. Chu’s big-screen adaptation of In The Heights was one of the best movies of 2021 that it seems as though no one saw. It brought Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway musical to theaters and HBO Max last summer and was met with massive critical acclaim. However, when it came to its commercial performance, it was a flop. The movie made $43 million worldwide against a production budget of $55 million and millions more spent on its marketing. Melissa Barrera shared her reaction to what happened with In The Heights

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.

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