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‘Nutcracker and the Four Realms’: 4 Reasons Why It Cracked at the Box Office

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Three weeks from now, Disney should be back to making box office money hand over fist with “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” but it’s always noteworthy when the top studio in Hollywood suffers a flop as big as “Nutcracker and the Four Realms.”

Filmed on a pricey $130 million budget, “Nutcracker” has posted a domestic opening this weekend of just $20 million and $58.5 million worldwide. With family films like “The Grinch,” “Fantastic Beasts,” and the aforementioned “Ralph” headlining the rest of the November slate, all signs point to “Nutcracker” dropping down the charts very quickly in the weeks to come.

“Obviously, while we try to put all our films in the best position to succeed, some might not connect as much as we hope,” said Disney domestic distribution head Cathleen Taff.

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It’s the worst opening for a wide Disney release since the $18 million opening of “The BFG” two years ago, and the third misfire for Disney this year alongside “A Wrinkle In Time,” which made $132 million against a $103 million budget, and “Solo,” which was the worst-performing “Star Wars” film ever with just $392 million grossed worldwide.

So why did “Nutcracker” fall apart like a poorly constructed toy? Here are our factors:

1.) Release date

There’s no guarantee “Nutcracker,” which is based on one of the most famous Christmas stories ever, would have performed better if it had been released closer to the 25th of December. But it’s possible that two days after Halloween was too early for moviegoers to get into a festive mood, even if holiday commercials are already popping up on TV.

Granted, Disney couldn’t exactly move “Nutcracker” into a better holiday spot. They already have “Mary Poppins Returns” slated for a Christmas release, and that film is a sequel to one of Disney’s most beloved films ever. Disney’s abundance of riches on their slate ironically worked against “Nutcracker,” pushing it into this early November slot.

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2.) Name Recognition

That said, a Christmas film released in November can still be successful. Disney had that sort of success with Tim Allen’s “Santa Clause” films, and next week, Universal is expected to bag a solid $55 million opening for Illumination’s adaptation of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

But unlike “The Grinch,” which comes from an animation studio that’s building Pixar levels of goodwill with audiences and is based on a beloved Dr. Seuss tale, “Nutcracker” is only loosely based on a 19th century folk tale and the Tchiakovsky ballet music that it inspired. Neither of those have built-in interest among family audiences like the other films coming out this month, making it harder for “Nutcracker” to build pre-release buzz.

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3.) Reshoots

“Nutcracker” was directed by Lasse Hallstrom, but the film was sent back for a month’s worth of reshoots by the studio with “Captain America: The First Avenger” director Joe Johnston in charge. While casual moviegoers almost certainly didn’t pay attention to that behind-the-scenes move, many critics noted in their reviews that the reshoots created a sense that the film didn’t have a unified vision behind it.

“While it’s difficult to identify who directed what, it’s even more difficult to shake the feeling that Johnston was hired to sand off the edges, and make this thing more internationally palatable as a product,” wrote IndieWire’s David Ehrlich.

“The compromised result is suspended between a childlike sense of discovery and a corporate sense of duty — at no point does it feel like the story and the graphics are talking to each other, or even in the same language.”

Many critics made similar complaints about the lack of substance behind the dark fantasy visuals, leading to the film’s 35 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. Without strong reviews, “Nutcracker” lost another means by which to ignite audience interest, leading to this weekend’s muted results.

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4.) Ballet?

It would be demeaning to ballet dancers to say that no one cares about ballet. Certainly, the film’s dance sequences and the performance by the American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland were among the few bright spots critics praised for “Nutcracker.” But was a heavily modified take on one of the most famous ballets ever composed really going to build enough interest to support a $130 million film?

It doesn’t seem like Disney thought so. At D23 last year, the studio did lean heavily on the ballet for the film’s presentation, including a live ballet performance alongside the debut of the first trailer. But the crowd that had crammed into the Anaheim Convention Center responded with little more than mild cheers and polite applause, compared to the roars of excitement for “Avengers: Infinity War” and even the excitement for “A Wrinkle In Time,” even if the cheers for that film were just for the appearance of stars Chris Pine and Oprah Winfrey.

After that D23 presentation, there was very little of the film’s ballet sequences in the film’s marketing, leaning more instead on the “Alice in Wonderland”-esque visuals and Morgan Freeman’s stately, mysterious narration. As seen this weekend, neither those nor the art of dance were enough to draw a crowd beyond a relatively small, female-majority audience, as Disney will now turn to Wreck-It Ralph and Mary Poppins to end 2018 on a high note.

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After an October that blew by everyone’s expectations and set industry records, the calendar now turns to a November that should eventually keep the momentum going after a relatively slow start this weekend, with Fox/New Regency’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” leading the release slate and expected to take No. 1 this weekend with a $35-40 million opening from 4,000+ screens.

The Queen biopic is facing mixed reviews with a 56 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have panned the film’s screenplay for leaning on biopic cliches and heavily altering the history of the famed British rock band, while failing to reveal anything insightful about them.

The parts of the film that did earn praise are the elements that mainstream moviegoers are likely to be interested in, namely the lead performance by Rami Malek as Queen’s iconic frontman Freddie Mercury. The role is getting buzz for potential Oscar contention this winter, and Fox will be looking to that buzz to sustain interest in the film.

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The film’s elaborate concert scenes also earned praise, which critics said evoked Queen’s onstage power even as the actors lip-synced to the original band recordings. Casual moviegoers and hardcore Queen fans alike are expected to flock to the film out of interest in seeing the band’s heyday re-enacted on screen, with Fandango and Atom Tickets reporting that presales for the film on their respective sites are beating those of “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” and “A Star Is Born,” the latter of which opened to $42 million.

If audiences are as pleased with the film’s spin on “Another One Bites the Dust” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” that may be enough to get the movie the word of mouth it needs.

“For a while, critics and audiences have been on the same page, but with ‘Venom’ and possibly now with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ we may be seeing regular moviegoers reaching a different consensus than the reviews,” said comScore’s Paul Dergarabedian.

“It’s the critics’ job to look closer at things like the script’s historical accuracy, but we’ve seen time and time again that accuracy isn’t really a deal-breaker for moviegoers. If the film delivers the excitement of going to a Queen concert, it’s going to do well,” he added.

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“Bohemian Rhapsody” was directed by Bryan Singer, with Dexter Fletcher completing the film after Singer left during production. Anthony McCarten, who earned Oscar nominations as producer and writer for “The Theory of Everything” and “Darkest Hour,” wrote the screenplay.

Also releasing this weekend is Disney’s “Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” a Christmas film hitting theaters just two days after Halloween. Tracking for the film shows the signs of a major bomb, with projections of an opening in the low $20 million range against a reported budget of $130 million.

But if there’s any studio that could take this sort of hit at the box office and easily dust itself off, it’s Disney. We already saw proof of that earlier this year, when “Solo” set a shocking franchise low for “Star Wars,” only for Disney to get back to its winning ways when “Incredibles 2” set a new animation box office record less than a month later.

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Even the release date for “Nutcracker” shows the strength of Disney’s slate. The reason why the film isn’t opening closer to Christmas is because the studio is reserving its holiday season slots for two highly anticipated sequels: “Ralph Breaks the Internet” on Thanksgiving and “Mary Poppins Returns” on Christmas. “Ralph” is expected to improve on the $471 million global cume of its 2012 predecessor, while “Mary Poppins” has a strong chance of legging out well into January in the same way that “The Greatest Showman” did last year.

With $2.75 billion already grossed domestically, Disney should easily pass its own industry record for annual domestic gross with $3 billion in 2016. And a lack of interest in “Nutcracker” won’t stop it.

“Nutcracker and the Four Realms” stars Mackenzie Foy as Clara, a girl who receives a key to a priceless Christmas gift from her godfather Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman). But the key disappears into a magical world where, with the help of a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), Clara must retrieve the key and save the land’s three peaceful realms from the dark Fourth Realm and its ruler, Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren).

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Lasse Hallstrom directed the film, with reshoots directed by Joe Johnston and a screenplay by Ashleigh Powell and Tom McCarthy. Keira Knightley, Misty Copeland, Eugenio Derbez and Richard E. Grant also star.

Finally, there is “Nobody’s Fool,” the latest film from Tyler Perry that sees the prolific actor/writer/director team up with Whoopi Goldberg and Tiffany Haddish in his first R-rated comedy. Distributed by Paramount, the film is projected to open to $12-14 million. While that would be Perry’s lowest opening in more than 10 years, a lower start compared to his past comedies is to be expected given the film’s rating.

Written and directed by Perry, “Nobody’s Fool” stars Haddish as a woman recently released from prison who reunited with her sister (Tika Sumpter) and discovers that she is in an online relationship with a man who might not exist. Goldberg stars as the sisters’ mother, with Omari Hardwick also starring.

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Disney offered the first-ever look at Lasse Hallström’s “Nutcracker and the Four Realms” on Saturday at the studio’s live-action movie preview at the D23 Expo in Anaheim.

The studio also booked a November 2, 2018 release date for the film — a date previously reserved for a live-action adaptation of “Mulan” that has yet to begin production.

“Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” based on the classic “Nutcracker” Christmas tale written two centuries ago by E.T.A. Hoffman, stars Mackenzie Foy as Clara, a girl who receives the titular Nutcracker toy and is asked to take special care of it.

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The film also stars Morgan Freeman as Drosselmeyer, a clockmaker and inventor, and Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Helen Mirren and Eugenio Derbez also star.

The D23 footage showed Clara receiving a special key from Drosselmeyer, which unlocks the magical, lush world of the Nutcracker.

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Ballet sequences were also prominent in the foorage, including dance scenes featuring ballet stars Misty Copeland and Sergei Polunin.

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