Hocus Pocus 2 put a spell on Disney+ viewers
Disney+ has revealed that its Hocus Pocus sequel has become the biggest movie debut EVER for the streamer, 29 years after the original released.
Figures are based on hours streamed in the first three days of its release (it premiered Friday).
Thank you to the magical Hocus Pocus community for making #HocusPocus2 the #1 film premiere on #DisneyPlus to date! pic.twitter.com/mGRbScYHzf
— Disney+ (@DisneyPlus) October 4, 2022
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy all returned for the long-awaited second chapter, directed by Anne Fletcher, who previously made 2009’s The Proposal and 2018’s Dumplin’.
‘Hocus Pocus 2’ has become the biggest movie debut EVER for Disney+, 29 years after the original movie released 🪄 #HocusPocus2 #HocusPocus #LGBTQ pic.twitter.com/F4v9uBcw1l
— Queer Insider 🏳️🌈 🏳️⚧️ (@qitweets) October 4, 2022
Meanwhile, it’s been revealed that Thora Birch, who played Dani Dennison, was originally supposed to reprise her role.
Belissa Escobedo, who plays Izzy in the sequel, told EW that character Dennison, pwas supposed to be working at the girls’ school in the new movie.
“We almost had her. She was going to be our schoolteacher,” said Escobedo. “I remember talking to [director Anne Fletcher] about it being a thing where she was our teacher, and we went to her for help.”
“I think it would’ve been a bigger role if it was played by her”.
‘Hocus Pocus 2’ stars reveal that Thora Birch was originally supposed to reprise her role:
“She was going to be our schoolteacher. I remember talking to [the director] about it being a thing where she was our teacher, and we went to her for help.”
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— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) October 4, 2022
The second instalment from the much-loved characters has received mixed reviews from fans, however, with some saying they found the follow-up underwhelming.
Of course, this could just be because our expectations were too high – it has been a nearly three-decade wait, after all.
Here’s what some folk who have seen the movie are saying online!
The best part of hocus pocus 2 pic.twitter.com/hxdIcbX1Q3
— Juno Birch (@JunoBirch) October 4, 2022
why are people being critical of a sequel to Hocus Pocus? The first film was a massive flop upon release and gained a cult following through the home release and being played yearly on cable. It’s PURE camp and 90’s weirdness.. That’s WHY I enjoyed #hocuspocus2 for being the same pic.twitter.com/6VL3GWoZfh
— 𝙂𝙪𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙚 (@finaI_girI) October 1, 2022
No one cares if you didn’t like Hocus Pocus 2.
— Brooke Lynn Hytes (@Bhytes1) October 2, 2022
Ok so Hocus Pocus 2 was trash
— Mai Lara Amas (@mailaraamas) October 3, 2022
Hocus Pocus 2 was terrible.
Anybody who says it’s good is lying.
— John Does Disney 🌐 (@JohnDoesDisney) October 1, 2022
hocus pocus 2 was ADORABLE i was living! i didn’t compare it to the original, i appreciated it for what it was AND it was nice to get the back story of the sanderson sisters ❤️
— Manny MUA (@MannyMua733) October 1, 2022
Hocus Pocus 2 was made for gays that were dropped on their heads in 1995 and couldn’t finish high school.
— CAMILLE PAGLIA STAN ✨ (@CamillePagIia) October 2, 2022
Billy Eichner after everyone stayed home to watch Hocus Pocus pic.twitter.com/iZkHlXx2Mt
— Adam (@adamkanzen) October 3, 2022
As much as I loved how #HocusPocus2 went, I can't lie, I missed them a lot in this movie. pic.twitter.com/KXwog7bQyz
— 𝑀𝑎𝑥 | 𝐿𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝐷𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑝𝑜𝑜𝑙 (@Max10z_) October 1, 2022
Growing up Hocus Pocus was one of my favorite movies for Halloween…. However, Hocus Pocus 2 was absolutely the biggest let down of my life.. #HocusPocus #HocusPocus2 #terrible
— NotoriousPIG (@FollisEric) October 1, 2022
I am very, very sad to report that #HocusPocus2 is terrible.
The direction, the camera angles, almost everything is AWFUL. Bette Midler is the best thing about it.
I am so super sad about this.#Disappointed
— Lee Ann Newman (@lankrc) October 2, 2022
Finally get to sit and watch Hocus Pocus 2! It is not in any way disappointing.. loved every second of it.. #HocusPocus2
— Arch Digg 🏳️🌈🧟♀️♀️ (@DiggArch) October 4, 2022