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Disney Animation’s Latest Movie Is Projected to Lose $100 Million During Its Theatrical Run

Despite Walt Disney Animation Studios’ best efforts, the latest theatrical release, Strange World (2022), has quickly become infamous for being one of Disney’s worst flops in history.

Although the movie debuted during the Thanksgiving holiday, a popular time for Disney films for the whole family, it’s currently projected to lose 100 million dollars at least, according to a report made by The Variety.

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As Strange World arrived in theaters during the Thanksgiving break, it earned only $18.6 million “over the five-day holiday frame,” says The Variety.

Initial projections anticipated between $30-$40 million “between Wednesday and Sunday,” and even these numbers are shallow expectations for an ambitious Disney film.

As a result, the initial theatrical release of Strange World has become a historically unsuccessful opening in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ history.

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Disney’s Strange World cost the studio $180 million to put together and millions of dollars more to market and distribute. To break even, The Variety reports that the film would need “to gross roughly $360 million,” but those odds aren’t in Disney’s favor.

At the rate the film’s reviews, audience reception, and ticket sales are going, it’s estimated that Strange World will lose $100 million during its theatrical run.

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However, Disney’s Encanto (2021) didn’t become the hit family film it is today until after it arrived on Disney+. Afterward, the film’s catchy music and touching story quickly gained traction and went viral on TikTok, turning the movie into a fan favorite nearly overnight.

Could the same happen to Strange World? Only time will tell.

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One thing that the unpopularity of Strange World has proven is that despite our world seemingly going back to normal, we are still recuperating and adjusting in a post-pandemic world.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.