Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns heads into third weekend with high expectations

Many families are still on winter break meaning it’s an above average week at the box office and Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns has been performing strongly in second place. Coming off a second weekend that was stronger than the first, this third weekend will be an important measuring stick to see just what king of legs the movie has.

This weekend it only faces one big new opening, Escape Room, a horror film. That leaves Disney’s Mary Poppins as a good choice for families heading out the cinema to catch their first film of the new year. It may not outperform last weekend, but it might drop around only 15-20% dialing in a $22-$25 million take.

Add that to its current domestic total of $123 million and that moves it into 7th place on the all-time box office revenue list for musicals with at least one more week of soft competition from other family comedies. A $200 million total is not out of the question, which would move it into second on the musical list behind only Disney’s 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast.

New Clip from film:

A new clip from Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns has also been released. You can now watch a snippet of “A Cover Is Not The Book,” which is not just a good song, but a great message we all should internalize.

This is the big song and dance number where Mary and Jack interact with the animated characters. It’s also the most ‘Broadway Musical’ of the songs.

About the film:

In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is directed by Rob Marshall. The screenplay is by David Magee and the screen story is by Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a. and Marc Platt, p.g.a. with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. The music score is by Marc Shaiman and the film features all new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman. The film also stars Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and introducing Joel Dawson as the Banks’ children, with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes, Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.

How many times will you return to see Mary Poppins Returns in theaters?