The Walt Disney Company has two movies currently in theaters Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Strange World. While one movie is doing record numbers, the other is doing the complete opposite.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Strange World sadly bombed over the holiday weekend falling drastically behind projections with $18.6 million. Industry projections had the movie opening anywhere between $30-$40 million, which would have been better but still underwhelming for the dominant animation studio.
Unless things turn around in the next few weeks, which seems unlikely do to mixed reviews, lackluster audience reception, and minimal buzz from marketing, the animated pic could lose up to $100 million from it theatrical run. According to Variety, Strange World would need to make at least $360 million to break even. A Disney+ release, which boosted Encanto, isn’t expected to do the same for Strange World. Marketing was a disaster for this movie and it sadly shows.
Though, there is good news in the form of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The blockbuster sequel dominated the box office weekend for the third weekend in a row, adding $64 million over the five-day stretch. So far, the superhero sequel has grossed $367 million in North America and a mighty $675 million globally.
You can check out our reviews for both Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Strange World here.