Disney hosted the world premiere for “Mary Poppins Returns” over the weekend, with the cast and crew of the film meeting with fans and promoting the launch of the film in theaters on December 19th. Directed by Rob Marshall, the new installment was directed by David Magee and stars Emily Blunt, Dick Van Dyke, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Disney is the current leader in December opening weekends at the box office, with a commanding lead. The studio holds the top three December opening records of all time, but all of those films are within the “Star Wars” franchise. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” had the highest grossing opening weekend with $247M, followed by “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with $220M, and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” with $155M. Disney’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is the highest film on the list not found within the “Star Wars” franchise, that film had a $65M domestic opening in 2005.
The original 1964 release of “Mary Poppins” with Julie Andrews made $102M at the box office while the film was in theaters, and that’s not including any international markets. When adjusted for inflation, “Mary Poppins” ranks 27th on the highest grossing films of all time. After Disney closes out the acquisition of FOX, it will have six titles on that top fifteen list. Those films are “Star Wars,” “The Sound of Music,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “101 Dalmations,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” and “Avatar”.
This is one of the rare December months in recent years that Disney isn’t releasing a film in the “Star Wars” or “Marvel” franchises. The next release in those franchises are the untitled “Star Wars Episode IX” in December 2019 and the untitled “Captain Marvel” in March 2019.
You can watch a recap of the full premiere below, thanks to Disney.