Disney’s First Movie With Openly Gay Main Character Box Office Flop

Disney's first film to feature an openly gay main character flopped at the box office, bringing in $18.6 million over the five-day holiday weekend to become one of the entertainment giant's worst box office releases.

  • The animated film, “Strange World,” featured stars such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid and Lucy Liu, and had a budget of $120 million to $130 million, according to the entertain news outlet Variety.
  • “Strange World” had Disney’s second-worst opening weekend in modern history, with the pandemic-era release of “West Side Story” grossing $10.5 million.
  • Disney originally projected the movie to earn $30 million to $40 million over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
  • Film critic Jordan Woodson argues the poor attendance is not because of the main character’s sexuality, saying, “it’s going to flop because they didn’t market it at all.
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