Woke Disney just suffered another loss.
The new Disney animated movie, “Strange World,” opened to a disappointing $4.2 million on Wednesday and is expected to make less than $24 million in its first five days in theaters. For a movie with an estimated $180 million in production costs, those are worryingly low returns.
The movie is looking to be one of Disney’s biggest flops of all time.
The film scored a B CinemaScore, the lowest score ever for a Disney animated production, according to World of Reel. Since “Beauty and the Beast,” every Disney animated movie has been met with A+, A, or A- grades.
First time ever in a Walt Disney Animation Studios feature-length animated film, this movie featured a gay teen romance.
Strange World follows Ethan (voiced by Jaboukie Young-White), a young gay teenager whose identity is fully supported by both of his parents, Searcher (Jake Gyllenhaal), and Meridian (Gabrielle Union). Searcher and his family have eschewed a life of exploring in favor of becoming a farmer after Searcher’s own adventurous father Jaeger (Dennis Quaid) went missing when he was a child. The family is called into action by Callisto Mal (Lucy Liu), the president of the land of Avalonia who leads them to a strange new world. There the family encounters animals and plants they’ve never seen before, and one person they know all too well. Jaeger Clade, who has been missing for years.
While the family is dealing with this big adventure, Ethan is dealing with his own incredibly relatable drama. He gets tongue-tied whenever he’s around his crush, a boy named Diazo.