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The fall is always a big time for movie releases, and arguably the biggest movie release of the season is Hocus Pocus 2, which came out on September 30. This sequel to a classic film that came out nearly 30 years ago has been hugely popular in the last few weeks, so read on below to learn what everyone is saying about Hocus Pocus 2.
What is Hocus Pocus 2 about?
Hocus Pocus 2 is a 2022 fantasy comedy movie that continues the story of the beloved 1993 classic Hocus Pocus. This sequel to one of the most popular Halloween movies of all time follows the Sanderson sisters, three 1600s witches from Salem played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy.
Viewership numbers so far
To stream Hocus Pocus 2 for your movie night or Halloween party this year, you’ll need a Disney+ membership. The film had a massive opening weekend and broke records for Disney+ as their best domestic film debut to date. This metric is based on how many total hours of the movie were streamed by Disney+ subscribers in the United States.
It’s common for sequels released long after the original movie to be highly successful in the opening weekend, as seen by recent sequels like this summer’s Top Gun: Maverick and 2018’s Incredibles 2.
Critical ratings of Hocus Pocus 2 weren’t particularly complimentary but are higher than their ratings of the original movie. The sequel scored 55 out of 100 among critics on review aggregator Metacritic, higher than the original movie’s score of 43 out of 100.
Critic reviews are rarely aligned with the public consensus on the movie, and the campy, cheesy feel of the Hocus Pocus franchise is part of what makes it a popular choice among viewers.
Fans of the Hocus Pocus franchise seemed underwhelmed by the movie overall, and despite the hype, it has received significantly lower ratings than the original film. Fans on Metacritic gave the movie an average rating of 4.4 out of 10, which is unimpressive compared to the original movie’s 7.5 out of 10.
This doesn’t mean the movie didn’t get any love, as many users on review sites and social media platforms still had great things to say about it. The performances of Midler, Parker, and Najimy were especially praised by viewers, one of which said on IMDB, “The witches were excellent- so true to their original characters you would hardly think any time had passed.”
Will there be a Hocus Pocus 3?
As of now, there are no formal plans for a third installment to the Hocus Pocus franchise, but several cast members have expressed that they’d be open to continuing the story with another movie. Sarah Jessica Parker, who plays Sarah Sanderson, said in an interview, “Bette is already starting rumors (about Hocus Pocus 3). I hitch my wagon to her star. If she wants to do a third one… No one says no to the Divine Miss M.”