Pixar’s Elemental becomes one of Disney+’s most watched films on the platform - what did it beat?

It may have been a scary opening box office for Pixar, but ‘Elemental’ has solidified its place as a big earner for the studio and Disney+.
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It’s been a slow burn for Pixar’s latest animated film, ‘Elemental,’ but as the adage goes, ‘slow and steady wins the race.’ The film, which was the second worst opening for a Pixar movie at the box office, not only managed to take in $400 million USD at the box office by the end of its theatrical run but now has broken a record on Disney+.

The film, which follows a fiery young woman and a go-with-the-flow guy as they discover something elemental: how much they actually have in common, has become the most-watched film on the streaming platform, beating out the likes of ‘The Little Mermaid’ live-action remake and going as far as to become the most watched film across all streaming platforms in the United States over the weekend.

Reported originally by The Direct, ‘Elemental’ saw off competition from ‘Fast X’ which debuted on US streaming service Peacock, Netflix’s ‘Love at First Sight’ and even another new entry onto Disney+’s platform, the final James Gunn MCU film (for now), ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3.

Naturally, Pixar was elated with the news, releasing a statement announcing that ‘Elemental’ received 26.4 million views in its first five days of streaming, making it "the most watched movie premiere of the year on Disney+ and among its Top 10 movie premieres of all time."

Though there were plans in place for a sequel before the release of ‘Elemental,’ which had its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, according to writer Kat Likkel, that might instead be adapted into a television series, with one insider telling The Direct that “Disney is also going to turn this into a D+ series, I’ve already heard. And there might even be an 'Elemental' sequel.”

Where can I watch Pixar’s ‘Elemental’?

‘Elemental’ is available to stream now on Disney+, however, a subscription is required.

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