The box office seems to continuously allude Disney this year; as once again its offerings fail to find an audience, this time with Wish.
Wish Falls Well Below Expectations; Napoleon Conquers
As per Box Office Mojo, Wish came in third, with the movie only making $19.5 Million. This is well below its tracking prior to release which painted a $45 to $65 Million opening weekend. Even factoring in the additional days it was in theatres for Thanksgiving in the US; it still only made $31 Million. A far cry from what the studio expected from it. With good reviews of the movie and the SAG strike now at an end; it’s most likely due to the movie’s arrival on Disney+. The movie also had other similar competing movies (The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes and Trolls Band Together).
This is typically a good weekend for Disney; who has released some well-performing movies during the Thanksgiving weekend in the past. Most notably Frozen II and Coco. Still, it is worth noting that Wish performed slightly higher than last year’s Strange World; which performed even lower than Wish did this year.
Napoleon however did quite well in second place. The biopic epic secured $32 Million over the 5-day weekend and was projected to bring in $16 to $21 Million. The movie also fared very well internationally where it brought in $46 Million.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes came in first, and while it debuted to lackluster numbers; and hasn’t had the most glowing of reviews. It still has managed to outpace both new releases. This is attributed to the dedication of the fanbase who has shown up to support the movie.
Rounding out the Top 5 is Trolls Band Together in fourth; which made $17.5 Million. Thanksgiving was in fifth; making $7.3 Million.
Next week sees the release of Silent Night and Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé.
Typically the weekend after Thanksgiving is a low week for the box office but Renaissance is eying a $20M+ Opening. Which doesn’t sound that impressive, but with the slower week, and the overall status of the box office. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was in the first place spot. There are also walk-ins as well, and that could boost the movie significantly.
Silent Night is eying a $4 to $9 Million opening. It’s hard to tell how this will perform; as action movies have been hit or miss at the box office this year. However, with Thanksgiving (the movie) winding down, this does leave an open spot for a gruesome movie to capture audiences. It’ll be interesting to see where this one lands.
As always we’ll tune in next week to find out!
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