Woke Disney Movie Featuring a Gay Teen Couple Bombs at Box Office
Disney fans eagerly anticipated the release of ‘Strange World’, a Disney film that is in large part centered around a gay teenage romance.
The film was released the day before Thanksgiving, a week that generally nets many movie theater-goers.
In its opening week, the film only earned $26 million, a small fraction of its massive $180 million production budget.
It also grossed only $800,000 in previews.
Box Office: Disney’s ‘Strange World’ Grosses Disappointing $800,000 in Previews https://t.co/GfzmhE0R4e
— Variety (@Variety) November 23, 2022
“After a rocky $4.2 million opening day on Wednesday, the film collected $2.4 million from 4,174 North American theaters on Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday,” according to Variety. “With its two-day total at $6.7 million, weekend estimates for ‘Strange World’ have been revised slightly. Now, the movie is expected to end the five-day frame with roughly $26 million, which is still a dismal result given its $180 million production budget.”
Variety noted, “To compare, Disney’s musical fantasy ‘Encanto’ collected $40.3 million over the extended holiday frame in 2021. And box office watchers were kinder when it came to assessing those ticket sales because, at the time, young kids were still getting vaccinated for the first time.”
People said that the movie’s abysmal showing proves that moviegoers are not enticed by woke messaging.
Disney’s progressive stance on social issues has driven many parents away from the entertainment giant, said Breitbart’s John Nolte.
— John Ocasio-Rodham Nolte (@NolteNC) November 25, 2022
Another prominent Twitter user said that they took their kid to see ‘Strange World’ and they asked to leave after only ten minutes, indicating that the movie not only may have gone too far with it’s woke message but also bored its viewers.
Took the kids to the movies today to watch a Disney cartoon called “Strange World”.
Within 10 minutes of the movie, my 10 year old son said “Dad, I have no desire to watch this movie. Can we leave?”
— Patrick Bet-David (@patrickbetdavid) November 27, 2022
Liberal Twitter users blamed the movie’s poor showing on a lack of promotion and advertising, deriding people who blamed it on its progressive messaging.
One user said that Disney was going to blame the movie’s dismal box office performance on the openly gay characters rather than blaming it on the fact that they didn’t “market it at all.”
Disney is 100% going to blame STRANGE WORLD's inevitable bad box office on the fact that there's an openly gay character in the movie when in reality, it's going to flop because they didn't market it at all. They'll use this as an excuse to not have queer rep ever again. pic.twitter.com/diD7It4Bk4
— Jordan Woodson #GlassOnionSweep (@jordanjwoodson) November 17, 2022
Relative to other movies released on Thanksgiving, Strange World bombed out. Variety noted that other movies “enjoyed significantly bigger opening weekends,” including 2019’s “Frozen II” with $123.7 million, 2018’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” at $84.6 million, and 2017’s “Coco” with $71 million.
The movie was released just a week after the company fired Disney CEO Bob Chapek and replaced by former CEO Bob Iger.
BREAKING: Disney has fired CEO Bob Chapek, who pushed critical race theory and gender ideology in the company's programming and employee training. Huge rebuke of woke leadership.
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) November 21, 2022
“The Board has concluded that as Disney embarks on an increasingly complex period of industry transformation, Bob Iger is uniquely situated to lead the Company through this pivotal period,” board Chair Susan Arnold said in a statement.
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