After Strange world ended up costing Disney quite a bit of money by bombing at the box office, the film will soon be offered to watch at home for Disney+ subscribers. Following a family of legendary explorers on the ultimate quest, the film opened in theaters on November 23 to mostly positive reviews. But ticket sales were far below Disney’s projections, grossing less than $51 million worldwide. The underwhelming reception will reportedly cost Disney close to $150 million, given the high budget of the animated production.
The theatrical rollout was not a success, and this will bring Strange world to Disney+ faster than it probably would otherwise. On Monday it became known that Strange world will begin streaming on Disney+ on December 23. This puts the streaming release exactly one month after the theatrical release.
One has to wonder if the viewership will be too high Strange world on Disney+. Recently, Strange world Star Gabrielle Union suggested that this may have been a film that more people would prefer to watch at home, thus waiting for the streaming release. While moviegoers will make exceptions for certain movies like Top Gun: Maverick and Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverUnion suggests that your average moviegoer has become accustomed to waiting for many releases at home due to the pandemic.
“I don’t know, I think people get comfortable watching things at home,” she said Variety.
Will Strange World fare better on streaming?
We’ll see soon enough whether the film has better support on streaming. The reviews aren’t flawless, though they lean more on the positive side with a score of 74% on Rotten Tomatoes. Our own Julian Roman observed that the film leans on some “controversial viewpoints” but mostly enjoyed it, calling it an “entertaining children’s film.”
Don Hall (Big Hero 6) directs using a script by Qui Nguyen. The cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Jaboukie Young-White, Gabrielle Union and Lucy Liu. The official synopsis for Strange world is as follows:
The feature film introduces a legendary family of explorers, the Clades, as they attempt to navigate an unknown, treacherous land alongside a motley crew that includes a mischievous blob, a three-legged dog and a host of ravenous creatures.
For now, Strange world is playing in some theaters and will begin streaming on Disney+ on December 23, 2022. You can watch the film’s official trailer below.