- Haunted Mansion’s box office has surpassed $100 million worldwide, but with a $150 million budget, it’s far from profitable.
- Despite receiving a positive 84% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, the film faced challenges with promotion and tough competition at the box office from other movies.
- Haunted Mansion’s star-studded cast was unable to promote the movie due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, in which actors are fighting for fair pay.
Haunted Mansion has passed a huge box office milestone, but it’s too little too late. The movie, which is the second time the Disney theme park attraction of the same name has been dramatized onscreen after the 2003 Eddie Murphy vehicle The Haunted Mansion, premiered in theaters on July 28. It follows widowed doctor Gabbie (Rosario Dawson) and her son Travis (Chase W. Dillon), who move into the luxurious Gracey Manor to convert it into a bed and breakfast, but quickly discover that it’s haunted.
Per Bloody Disgusting, the Haunted Mansion box office has passed a major milestone. The movie has now crossed the $100 million threshold worldwide, outgrossing other successful 2023 horror projects such as Cocaine Bear, The Pope’s Exorcist, and Talk to Me. However, considering the movie’s massive $150 million production budget, this is still nowhere close to putting the movie in the black.
Haunted Mansion Has the Opposite Problem From the 2003 Original
Haunted Mansion has elicited a strong audience response, earning an 84% score from viewers on Rotten Tomatoes. However, its box office prospects were challenged by several different factors, including the fact that the star-studded Haunted Mansion cast was not available to promote the movie as part of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike as actors fight for fair pay. The movie also had the misfortune of opening the weekend after Barbie and Oppenheimer premiered, taking the box office by storm and not leaving much room for competition in the weeks to follow.
With these strong ratings and low dividends, Haunted Mansion actually has the opposite problem from the original The Haunted Mansion. That movie was a comfortable success at the box office, earning a total of $182.3 million off its smaller budget of $90 million. However, it was widely disliked, earning 13% from critics and 31% from audiences.
Eventually, having the opposite problem from The Haunted Mansion could means that Haunted Mansion might have the opposite fate. While word of mouth damaged The Haunted Mansion‘s long-term reputation, the same thing could help boost the prospects of Haunted Mansion. If enough people who saw the movie in theaters sing it praises once it arrives on Disney+, it could experience new life on streaming, just like 2021’s late-breaking Disney smash Encanto.
Source: Bloody Disgusting