The re-release of Hocus Pocus, one of Disney’s most beloved Halloween films, is on track to gross $2 million at the box office this weekend. Hocus Pocus centers on a young boy named Max (Omri Katz), who moves to Salem with his family and struggles to fit in, inadvertently awakening the Sanderson sisters, a trio of witches that were executed during the 17th century. The film, which was directed by Kenny Ortega, starred Katz, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimi, Thora Birch, Vinessa Shaw, Larry Bagby, Tobias Jelinek, and Doug Jones.
Hocus Pocus, which was released in 1993, only grossed $40 million during its theatrical run. However, in the years following its release, the family film has become a cult classic and a staple in Disney’s Halloween catalog. In fact, it was recently reported that Midler had confirmed talks to return for a sequel. This past weekend, Disney re-released the revered Halloween film in theaters and it appears as if the film’s popularity hasn’t diminished, pulling in some strong financial numbers as a result.
According to ComicBook, the re-release of Hocus Pocus in theaters this weekend proved to be a strong move by Disney. The film was released in 2,500 theaters and is currently on pace to gross $2 million at the box office. While that number is certainly strong for a release during the current worldwide pandemic, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet still remains the frontrunner, currently on track to gross $3 million this weekend.
Hocus Pocus remains one of Disney’s best and most lauded efforts and for good reason. The film remains a delight, delivering wonderful performances, an immersive Halloween atmosphere, and one of the best brother and sister duos in film, making it the gift that keeps on giving year after year. It’s not entirely surprising that the re-release of the film has proven to be a financial success, especially because of its passionate fanbase and the fact that Halloween is looming right around the corner.
That being said, it’s still wonderful to see the film receiving such support and adoration after all these years, which should signal to Disney that the hunger for Hocus Pocus 2 is palpable. While Disney hasn’t made an official announcement yet, it was previously reported that Hocus Pocus 2 is in development at Disney+, with director Adam Shankman on board to direct the sequel. Whether or not a second installment finally makes its way to fans, audiences can revisit Hocus Pocus in theaters this weekend and remind themselves why it has become such a holiday classic.
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