Haunted Mansion, a 2023 American supernatural horror comedy film, helmed by director Justin Simien and written by Katie Dippold, boasts an impressive cast, including LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Dan Levy, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Jared Leto. The movie, a joint production by Walt Disney Pictures and Rideback, serves as the second cinematic adaptation of Walt Disney's iconic theme park attraction, The Haunted Mansion, succeeding the 2003 film of the same name. The storyline follows Gabbie and Travis as they seek assistance from a team to rid their mansion of its spectral inhabitants and put an end to the haunting presence surrounding them.



Synopsis:

A single mom named Gabbie hires a tour guide, a psychic, a priest and a historian to help exorcise her newly bought mansion after discovering it is inhabited by ghosts.



Movie Information:

Genre:  Comedy|Drama|Family

Release Date:  July 28, 2023 (United States)

Star Cast:  LaKeith Stanfield, Rosario Dawson, Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish

Runtime:  2h 3m

Language:  English, French, Spanish

Country:  United States

Production Company:  Walt Disney Productions, Rideback

Distributed By:  Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures



Filmmakers:

Director:  Justin Simien

Writers:  Katie Dippold

Producers:  Jonathan Eirich, Dan Lin

Composer:  Kris Bowers

Cinematographer:  Jeffrey Waldron

Editor:  Phillip J. Bartell

Production Design:  Darren Gilford



Box Office Collection Day Wise:

Day Date Collection
Day 1 July 28, 2023 $9,991,427
Day 2 July 29, 2023 $8,035,029
Day 3 July 30, 2023 $6,056,019
Day 4 July 31, 2023 NoData
Day 5 Aug 1, 2023 NoData
Day 6 Aug 2, 2023 NoData
Day 7 Aug 3, 2023 NoData
Day 8 Aug 4, 2023 NoData
Day 9 Aug 5, 2023 NoData
Day 10 Aug 6, 2023 NoData


Budget and Total Box Office Collection:

Budget:  $150,000,000

Domestic:  $24,082,475

Gross Worldwide:  $33,236,672



Hit Or Flop?

"Haunted Mansion" did not perform well financially. With a domestic gross of $24,082,475 and a worldwide gross of $33,236,672 against a budget of $150,000,000, it can be considered a flop in terms of box office revenue. The IMDb rating of 6.3 indicates a moderate reception among audiences and critics.



Review:

Director Justin Simien's Haunted Mansion takes the beloved Disney ride to new heights with a solid script by Katie Dippold. The film surprises audiences with a refreshing take on the haunted house theme, paying homage to the iconic attraction without resorting to cliches or excessive scares.


LaKeith Stanfield shines as the grief-stricken astrophysicist, Ben Matthias, who finds solace in his wife's work by leading haunted tours in New Orleans. When approached by Father Kent (Owen Wilson) to investigate a haunted mansion, Ben's scientific expertise and inventive camera lens come into play. The stellar ensemble, including Rosario Dawson, Chase Dillon, Danny DeVito, and Tiffany Haddish, delivers a quirky mix that adds depth to the characters' emotional journeys.


Simien and Dippold skillfully capture the essence of the Disney ride, incorporating nods to its elements and delivering thrilling moments once the plot gains momentum. Beyond the ghostly encounters, the film delves into themes of grief, self-discovery, and the power of camaraderie. Jamie Lee Curtis' portrayal of Madame Leota is particularly noteworthy, capturing the whimsy of the attraction.


The movie impresses with outstanding special effects that respectfully honor the ride's iconic characters while providing modern updates. The meticulously designed sets contribute to the film's immersive experience, especially during action-packed sequences and clever nods to the attraction's optical illusions.


While Haunted Mansion doesn't aim to be a spine-chilling horror flick, it strikes a perfect balance, offering some brief intense moments that might be unsettling for younger viewers. Still, it serves as an excellent introduction to the genre for budding horror fans. Ultimately, the film successfully captures the spirit of the ride, making it a must-watch for Disney enthusiasts and moviegoers seeking a delightful and charmingly spooky adventure.