Disney’s ‘Strange World’ Underperforms During Thanksgiving Weekend (Sunday Update)

Family audiences haven’t been too eager to visit Disney’s Strange World this holiday weekend so far. According to industry trades, the sci-fi fantasy only made about $2.5 million on Thursday and an estimated $4.2 million on Wednesday, putting it on track for an estimated $23 million during its first five days in theaters. However, the film looked likely to cap at about $18.6M, with a $5.M Friday and $4.3M Saturday.

Strange World is also struggling overseas. Disney’s determination to stick with a central gay character’s storyline has led to cinema bars in major markets including Russia, China, France, Middle East, Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as several other territories. The film had only managed to eke out a $28M global take.

Last year’s Disney release Encanto earned over $40.3 million over the same release window. Family audiences gave a much warmer reception to Disney’s live-action movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which made $8.1 million  on Thanksgiving and is estimated to make $63 million over the long weekend.

Here is a look at the top 10 Thanksgiving weekend best-sellers through recent years:

Sources: Deadline.com, Boxofficemojo.com

 

 

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