from Disney”strange worldan animated adventure about a family of legendary explorers, is content with scraps at the box office.
After a turbulent opening day of $4.2 million on Wednesday, the film took in $2.4 million from 4,174 North American theaters on Thanksgiving Thursday. With its two-day total of $6.7 million, weekend estimates for “Strange World” have been revised slightly. Now, the film is expected to end the five-day run with around $26 million, which is still a dismal result considering its $180 million production budget. Heading into Turkey Day weekend, the kid-friendly fable made between $30 million and $40 million in its debut. But those projections were revised down, in part because the film landed a low “B” CinemaScore and failed to generate buzz among family crowds.
For comparison, Disney musical fantasy “Encanto” collected $40.3 million over the extended holiday period in 2021. And box office watchers were kinder when it came to evaluating those ticket sales because, at the time, young children were still being vaccinated for the first time. . This year’s turnout is a grim reminder that theaters have yet to fully recover from COVID shutdowns. Before the pandemic, family-centric holidays were considered a surefire time to open an animated film; Disney’s Thanksgiving releases — like 2019’s “Frozen II” ($123.7 million to start), 2018’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” ($84.6 million to start) and 2017’s “Coco” ( $71 million to start) – enjoyed much bigger opening weekends and played long into December. But families have remained extremely selective about big-screen offerings amid the pandemic. Only Universal’s “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” which grossed $937 million worldwide, really impressed at the box office.
In fairness to “Strange World,” it’s not like other new releases that managed to pull in audiences, either. Sony’s aerial war drama ‘Devotion’, Steven Spielberg’s coming-of-age story ‘The Fabelmans’ and director Luca Guadagnino’s cannibalistic romance ‘Bones and All’ each stumbled as they developed at national scale.
“Devotion,” an inspirational drama starring Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell, is expected to get the best start among newcomers. It grossed around $1.2 million on Thursday and is looking to end the five-day holiday period with a meager $8.5 million.
These ticket sales are practically blockbuster results compared to “The Fabelmans” and “Bones and All”, which sold virtually no tickets on Turkey Day. “The Fabelmans” took seventh place with $480,000 from 638 theaters, while “Bones and All” lagged a little behind with around $430,000 from 2,727 locations. “The Fabelmans” hopes to finish the extended frame with a dismal $3 million. And “Bones and All” appears to end the five-day streak with $3.5 million, an even bleaker total since it plays on four times as many screens as Spielberg’s last.
Without too much competition, Disney and Marvel”Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverclimbed $8.1 million on Thursday. The superhero sequel is expected to gross between $60 million and $63 million over a five-day span, a solid result for a film released three weeks ago. So far, “Wakanda Forever” has generated $321 million in North America. On Friday, it topped $600 million worldwide.
Also in theaters this weekend is “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” the sequel to Rian Johnson’s 2019 hit. However, Netflix isn’t reporting revenue for the film, which is playing in 600 North American theaters .