It’d be difficult to argue that 2020 hasn’t been an unusual period in human history. The ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the globe, infecting nearly 40 million people worldwide and killing over a million. And it certainly hasn’t been kind to the economy, either, causing millions to lose their jobs, sinking small businesses, and throwing a wrench into the gears of the entertainment industry.
Due to social distancing, some of the world’s biggest socialization hubs like restaurants, theme parks, and theaters have been hit the hardest. Theaters, in particular, have struggled significantly even after re-opening some months ago, as the lack of moviegoers has deterred production companies from releasing their films at the cinema – and in some cases, has resulted in them opting for a straight-to-streaming deal.
But those willing to take the risk at theaters during the outbreak have been treated to quite a lot of classic films that have been re-released in order to make up for the lack of new blockbuster releases. Among them is one of the most popular Halloween movies of all time, the 1993 fantasy-comedy Hocus Pocus, which is so beloved for its quirky trio of witches played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy.
Surprisingly, Hocus Pocus has now become the biggest re-release of the year, bringing in an impressive $3 million over a ten day period, surpassing even Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, which has earned $2.4 million across multiple re-releases throughout the year. This, of course, should bode well for talks of a sequel that would see the original cast return to their witchy roles in a Disney Plus exclusive release.
That said, if you’re not willing to brave the theaters to see Hocus Pocus this year, it’s also available to stream on Disney Plus, so you can always check it out there while you wait for the next installment.