Disney Looks To Bounce Back at the Box Office With ‘Wish’
After the disaster that was last year’s Strange World, Disney is looking to bounce back this Thanksgiving with Wish.
The film will introduce audiences to the Kingdom of Rosas, where an optimistic young girl named Asha senses a darkness that no one else does.
In Rosas, citizens’ wishes are granted by the seemingly benevolent King Magnifico. As it turns out, however, he may not be as magnanimous as he seems.
In her moment of desperation, Asha makes a plea to the stars. Her wish is answered in the form of a magical celestial body named Star. With a princess heroine, talking animals, and a soundtrack written by Julia Michaels and Benjamin Rice, Disney is hoping to cap off its 100th anniversary in style.
‘Wish’ Is Tracking Towards A Domestic Opening Of $45-50 Million
Wish is currently towards a 5-day Thanksgiving opening of $45-50 million at the domestic box office. That number would trounce Strange World, which only managed a paltry $18.8 million.
Like Elemental before it, Wish will have staggered release at the international box office. This week, the film will open in the UK, Spain, Mexico, China and India. In total the film is facing a $60 million opening weekend, and perhaps an end-of-day total of $75 million on Sunday.
Reviews Are Mediocre
While expectations for Wish are understandably high, the early reviews for the film have not been great.
Wish currently holds a mediocre 52% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While the film’s animation and music have been praised, its story has been criticized.
Still, coming off of Strange World, Wish has nowhere to go but up. It looks like Walt Disney Animation is back on track.
Wish will hit theaters on November 22.
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