The year 2022 is not suitable for Disney’s animation world, especially for the sci-fi genre, and ‘Strange World’ has proved this once again. Firstly, ‘Strange World’ isn’t an impressive film for a family audience, and secondly, it has received mixed reviews from the critics and audience, because of which the film had to suffer at the box office as well and performed below expectations. It’s not wrong to say that ‘Strange World’ hasn’t held back in delivering a blow to Disney after ‘Lightyear’.
Is Strange World Hit Or Flop?
According to reports, Walt Disney’s ‘Strange World’, released in the USA on November 23, 2022, in more than 4100 theaters, collected $4.2 million on its opening day (including $800k from Tuesday night previews) and $18.85 million on its opening weekend at the domestic box office, which is below poor start for a massive budgeted and reputed productions film. While, ‘Strange World’ has so far collected $37.94 million domestically and $35.21 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $73.16 million.
There is no doubt that ‘Strange World’s box office performance is below poor, and a week after its release, it has proved to be a complete box office failure. But if we talk about how big a failure the film is, it’s totally surprising and shocking because the production cost of ‘Strange World’ is itself $135 million, and even though the promotion of the ‘Strange World’ hasn’t been much, recovering the $300 million spent on its no joke; Leave $300 million, return even $150 for the moment will be a big deal. Overall, according to reports, ‘Strange World’ is a loss of $100 million for makers.
If we talk about mistakes, then the name of production comes first. Walt Disney Studios was so busy with the ‘Wakanda Forever’ that it didn’t even consider it necessary to pay attention to the promotion of ‘Strange World’, whose influence could be seen, and the rest was done by word of mouth and content. The thing to be seen here is that Walt Disney is repeating the same mistakes, which is directly related to the content of the films, be it ‘Lightyear’, ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’, and now ‘Strange World’.
Talking about the critical response, ‘Strange World’ has received a 5.6/10* IMDb rating based on 31k votes, and on Rotten Tomatoes, it scored 72/100% based on 160 reviews.