Only in 2020 could it happen. HOCUS POCUS has topped the box office record achieved by THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK!
No, not really. Not if we’re talking about the *total* box office. It isn’t even remotely close, if we’re looking at the grand total. *But* if we are going by the amount of dough brought in by the respective rereleases of the films to theaters during this pandemic year of 2020, then yes, HOCUS POCUS came out on top. It also topped JURASSIC PARK. It is the biggest theatrical rerelease of the year. Considering it was a commercial and critical flop when it debuted in 1993 (Normie was wrong to dismiss it, as Normie usually is wrong), this is a sweet dish of “I told you so!” for the Sanderson Sisters.
I have a theory why HOCUS POCUS has been such a hit, relatively speaking, this October. (Other than the obvious, that it’s Halloween season.) For one thing, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is 13 years older than HOCUS POCUS. Plenty more opportunities for folks to have seen it. And, too, the former film has already enjoyed a theatrical rerelease back in the late 90s/early 00s. But unlike THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK or JURASSIC PARK, people by and large did *not* get to experience HOCUS POCUS in the theater when it first came out. There are a lot of people like me, who only came to know and appreciate the movie in the years since, as it slowly grew into a cult favorite. The rerelease to theaters provided an opportunity for us to do what we wish we had done in the first place, to see the film on the big screen. That’s why it went over bigger than the overall bigger movies. Congrats, Sandersons!