Into The Woods is proving that movie musicals, when done right, are worth every cent spent. While this was Disney’s first attempt at a movie musical, it certainly won’t be it’s last. Yes, Into The Woods is celebrating an unparalleled opening night. Premiering everywhere Christmas Day, the movie grossed $46.1 million. That’s more than any other movie musical to date. Rob Marshall, whose films are either incredibly successful (Chicago) or incredibly disappointing (Nine) has proved that he truly is the best director for the modern musical. Granted, it is a live action fairy tale starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendricks, Chris Pine, and Johnny Depp so it’s pretty much printing money but part of that success has to be attributed to Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant score and story. Yes, while Annie gave Hollywood reason to pull the plug, Into The Woods has proven that the movie musical is very much alive. And lucrative. Which to Hollywood, that’s all that matters.