Measuring the success of a streaming film is a challenging task, particularly when considering factors beyond the confines of the streaming company. Unlike traditional box office results or international earnings, there are no clear benchmarks for comparison. While social media conversations may provide some insight into the film's popularity, they do not necessarily reflect the broader society.
However, one reliable indicator of a streaming film's success is when the streaming service decides to produce a sequel. This is precisely what is happening with Hocus Pocus. Last fall, Disney+ released a long-awaited sequel to the beloved Halloween film from the '90s. Although it received mixed reviews, it managed to please many devoted fans of the original Hocus Pocus. However, since the film was exclusively streamed and did not have a theatrical release, it becomes challenging to accurately assess its overall performance.
Nonetheless, recent news reveals that Disney is actively developing Hocus Pocus 3. An article in The New York Times, discussing Disney's forthcoming live-action remakes, mentioned that the company has over 50 movies at various stages of development and production. Among these projects, live-action adaptations of "Moana," "Hercules," and "Lilo and Stitch" are in the works. Additionally, the article confirms the happening of "Hocus Pocus 3."
The original Hocus Pocus did not achieve significant success during its theatrical release in 1993. However, through repeated viewings on home video and airings on the Disney Channel throughout the '80s and '90s, it gradually gained a cult following among younger viewers. Eventually, Disney recognized the film's enduring popularity and decided to create a sequel, bringing back the three original lead cast members: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy.
After being in development for many years, Hocus Pocus 2 brought the Sanderson sisters into the present day, offering another mildly spooky horror comedy. While the film did not necessarily end with a cliffhanger, the absence of one did not prevent Disney from pursuing a sequel.