Strange World rose to #1 on Disney+
by Mark Mackey
There are no studios in the industry that have had a greater influence in the animation genre than Animation Disneywith their amazing historical contributions such as the king lionAnd the AladdinAnd the Beauty and the beast. This isn’t to say that a studio always hits home when they release a big new animated release, as proven by their Thanksgiving drop. strange world, which ended up landing in a loud, devastating crash. A theatrical flop nowadays doesn’t always mean it’s a total loss because studios have a long list of avenues available to bring movies to life. flowwhere according to Flex Patrolthe flop now dominates the top spot on Disney+.
Flix Patrol shows that when the movie dropped on Disney+, which was just in time for Christmas on December 23rd. Of course, without surprise, there were five Christmas movies on this Christmas week’s top ten list, incl Home AloneAnd the Home Alone 2: Lost in New YorkAnd the Santa Clausebut once the holiday hype died down on December 26, strange world It hit the number one spot and has been there ever since. The path to the streaming service seems to point to an interesting struggle Disney is waging between theatrical releases and streaming exclusives.
With the voices of Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Jabuki Young White, Gabrielle Union, and Lucy Liu, there was definitely enough star power to take the film to the top of the box office most weekends. In its first weekend over Thanksgiving, it sat firmly in second place, behind Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverand, by the second week, David Harbor as Kris Kringle in the action Christmas special violent night pushing the kid movie to number three. All in all, up to this point, strange world It brought in an anemic $67 million and it appears Disney lost over $100 million.
Moving the film to Disney+ so soon after the film blew up at the box office seems like a desperate move to find an audience for the film, pointing to the company’s inability to read what will and won’t work in theater. During the Halloween holidays, Disney dropped in hocus pocus 2 As a streaming exclusive, which gets fans to criticize the company for not putting it on stage, the next holiday counterintelligence feels like a growing trend. Moreover, some fans believe that the company has been betrayed strange world and that it was deliberately launched a week later Black Panther: Wakanda Forever To hide its true intentions to bury the movie.
Content creator Little Saint Sydney (@thederpyhipster) accused Disney on Twitter of trying to drown strange world with a lack of marketing. A diverse cast and first overtly bizarre lead led to Disney not releasing the film overseas in markets that censor that material, and with all the fanfare here at home only, the reporting of the film’s bombing led to a dismal theatrical release.
Definitely, strange world It’s not over yet because it now leads the airtime with first place for a few days in a row, even while competing with willow And the national treasure. Time will tell if the movie will become a cult classic like other underperforming Disney characters like Atlantis And the Treasure Planet Or if it gets lost in the pages of mystery.
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