Monday, June 17, 2024

Mary Poppins Day 2: Disney Faces A Bleak Christmas as Reboot Falls by $700K, Pointing to Lower than Expected Weekend


For all the nostalgia enthusiasts, “Mary Poppins Returns” looked like a winner. I certainly thought so when I saw it last week.

But day 2 for Mary wasn’t so good. The Rob Marshall directed musical fell by $700,000 from its opening to just $4,053,000. That’s a 16% drop.

If the musical continues in this direction, even a $35 million five day opening will be hard to reach.

Come on, kids, get out there, and see this wonderful extravaganza. What’s holding you back?

Disney does have a problem when it comes to releasing non-Marvel, Pixar, LucasFilm movies– in other words, Disney films. They already have a turkey in theaters, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” which has made just $53 millionĀ  ($152 million worldwide).

But “Mary Poppins Returns” is a far cry from those realms. It’s delightful. The main leads– Emily Blunt, Ben Whishaw, and Emily Mortimer– are terrific. And you get to see Dick van Dyke tap dance on a desk! He’s 92!

Let’s hope things pick up tonight!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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