Hollywood, which has determinedly stuck to its guns in forwarding its woke agenda, crashed and burned over the Thanksgiving weekend, as box office receipts plunged to their lowest Thanksgiving weekend total since 1994.
The total from the three-day weekend amounted to $95 million, as IndieWire reported; the two years prior to the 2020 COVID pandemic, in 2018 and 2019, the box office gathered $216 million and $181 million.
“A weekend garnering under $100 million is rare in and of itself; in 2019, only four weekends wore the heavy crown,” AV Club noted.
Although “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” took in $45.9 million, Disney’s woke “Strange World,” the children’s animated film which finished second at the box office and features an openly gay character, gathered a mere $11.9 million.
“Sources estimate that ‘Strange World’ will lose at least $100 million in its theatrical run,” Variety reported, explaining that the film cost $180 million to produce and tens of millions of dollars to market and distribute around the world. Sources told Variety that the film would have to gross roughly $360 million just to make its money back.
Deadline reported that “Strange World” would lose $147 million.
In third place, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” grossed $9.4 million over the weekend while “Devotion,” in fourth place, only collected $5.96 million. “The Menu” grossed $5.2 million, “Black Adam” grossed $3.4 million, and Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” grossed $2.2 million, as did “Bones and All.”
Billy Eichner, who co-starred in the film as well as co-wrote it with director Nicholas Stoller, lashed out as the movie pulled in a mere $4.8 million, leaving it in fourth place behind “Smile” ($22 million), “Don’t Worry Darling,” ($7.3 million) and “The Woman King” ($7 million). The disappointing ticket take couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the movie’s quality, he insisted.
“Last night I snuck in and sat in the back of a sold out theater playing BROS in LA,” he tweeted. “The audience howled with laughter start to finish, burst into applause at the end, and some were wiping away tears as they walked out. It was truly magical. Really. I am VERY proud of this movie.”
“Rolling Stone already has BROS on the list of the best comedies of the 21st century,” he said.
Then he posited his theory that his movie was struggling because heterosexual people didn’t want to see it.
“Even with glowing reviews, great Rotten Tomatoes scores, an A CinemaScore etc, straight people, especially in certain parts of the country, just didn’t show up for Bros,” he wrote. “And that’s disappointing but it is what it is.”
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