The slow burning life of Elementary continues. The film was the best streaming debut for a film on Disney+ so far this year, the streaming service announced on Monday. That follows Elementary‘s box office journey, which started inauspiciously with a record-worst opening for a Pixar film, but the film had strong legs and ultimately earned $484 million worldwide.
According to Disney it is Elementary had 26.4 million views – or, to put it another way, watch time equivalent to that many full-length screenings of the film – worldwide in its first five days of streaming. Like competitor Netflix, Disney+ divides the total viewing time by the playing time of a title. By comparison, Disney praised live-action last week The little Mermaid landed on the service with 16 million views in its first five days. The recent debut of episode one of the Star Wars series Ahsoka raised 14 million in five days. The company has not released any data To blushbut said Elementary has the best opening for an animated film since that film, which debuted directly on Disney+ in March 2022.
Elementary is from director Peter Sohn and is set in Elemental City, a place occupied by Fire, Water, Earth and Air dwellers. Leah Lewis voices the role of Ember, while Mamoudou Athie voices Wade. The cast also includes Ronnie del Carmen, Shila Ommi, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Catherine O’Hara, Mason Wertheimer and Joe Pera.
Elementary was a much-needed win for Disney and Pixar, who had a miss Light year last year, and observers wondered whether the pandemic-era policy of sending animated titles straight to Disney+ would dampen its box office potential.