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Disney’s latest movie tanks in opening weekend

Meanwhile, 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' continues to dominate at the box office.

Disney’s latest animated adventure is failing to stir the hearts of moviegoers as the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring Strange World bombed at the box office for the long Thanksgiving weekend.

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Within the five-day holiday window that included Thanksgiving proper and Black Friday, the spacefaring film only netted $18.6 million. If you only count the traditional weekend alone, Strange World brought in a meager $11.9 million among 4,174 domestic theaters, according to Variety.

By contrast, another Disney-produced movie under their Marvel Studios banner, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is continuing to dominate the box office for the third weekend in a row. It brought in $64 million over the five-day holiday window and $45.9 million over the traditional weekend alone. That brings the Letitia Wright-starring film’s domestic gross to $367 million.

Variety estimates that, based on current projections, Strange World is poised to lose $100 million during its theatrical run, based on the hefty estimated budget of $180 million plus marketing costs. The film currently sits at 73 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

The computer-animated Strange World was written by Qui Nguyen, and he co-directed the film with Don Hall, the Oscar-winner behind such projects as Big Hero 6, Moana, and last year’s Raya and the Last Dragon. Nguyen also co-wrote Raya and has previously won an Emmy for co-writing in the kid’s show, Peg+Cat.

Strange World—co-starring Jaboukie Young-White, Gabrielle Union, Dennis Quaid, and Lucy Liu—centers on a family of explorers whose in-fighting threatens the success of their latest and most high-stakes mission.

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Danny Peterson covers entertainment news for WGTC and has previously enjoyed writing about housing, homelessness, the coronavirus pandemic, historic 2020 Oregon wildfires, and racial justice protests. Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Danny received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Master's in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon. He has written for The Portland Observer, worked as a digital enterprise reporter at KOIN 6 News, and is the co-producer of the award-winning documentary 'Escape from Eagle Creek.'