One of this week’s tabloids claims Julie Andrews is happy that Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel starring Emily Blunt, supposedly flopped at the box office. The story is completely inaccurate. The new Disney movie isn’t a financial failure, and the film’s original star has always been supportive of it.
According to the Globe, Andrews is delighted that Mary Poppins Returns has turned into a “box office turkey.” But the only reason the tabloid is labeling the movie a bomb is because it didn’t make as much money as Aquaman on its opening weekend back in December. Although it’s true the film got off to a slow start, it’s held up quite well in recent weeks. The Disney sequel has grossed nearly $300 million worldwide, and Forbes recently noted, “Mary Poppins Returns has received exactly the kind of holiday-infused legs it needed after a slightly underwhelming opening.”
It’s worth noting, holiday movies perform differently at the box office than summer blockbusters. As opposed to making the majority of their money on opening weekend, most holiday films count on having staying power throughout January, which has been the case for Mary Poppins Returns.
Still, the unreliable outlet quotes an alleged insider as saying, “Julie’s feeling was the should have left well enough alone. You don’t [mess] around with a classic like that! What’s more, she thinks Blunt can’t fill her shoes – and apparently so do movie audiences.”
Interestingly enough, Andrews turned down a cameo in Mary Poppins Returns, but the legendary actress voices the role of a sea monster in Aquaman. The tabloid tries to make it seem as if this was some sort of vindictive and calculated decision on the actress’s part. A supposed source tells the magazine, “Julie knew Aquaman was going up directly against Mary Poppins Returns. She was backing what she knew would be the winning horse. And, in the process, she was letting Emily Blunt know there’s only one Mary Poppins.”
None of this is remotely accurate. The real reason Andrews turned down a cameo in Mary Poppins Returns is because she didn’t want to take the spotlight away from Blunt. Director Rob Marshall, who’s friendly with Andrews and has worked with her in the past, told Variety the actress had said, “This is Emily’s show and I want her to run with this… I don’t want to be on top of that.” Meanwhile, Marshall told Entertainment Weekly in 2017 that the original star is “one thousand percent” behind the sequel. Andrews herself told “Entertainment Tonight” that Blunt “is terrific and a perfect pick” to fill her shoes.
The idea that Andrews signed on for a role in Aquaman out of spite isn’t true either. James Wan, who directed the DC Comics movie, recently told Thrillist that the actress agreed to a small role in the film because her grandson is a fan of his previous movies, such as The Conjuring and Insidious. It’s also worth noting, Aquaman was originally slated to be released in October 2018, but the film was eventually pushed back to December, on the same date Mary Poppins Returns opened. Andrews wasn’t aware the two films would go head-to-head while production on Aquaman was still underway.
Unfortunately, the Globe has been pushing this bogus Mary Poppins drama for a while. Last month, Gossip Cop busted the tabloid for falsely claiming Andrews “hates” Blunt and believes she’s stealing her legacy. Shortly before that, the publication wrongly reported that Andrews turned down $1 million cameo in the sequel because she was jealous of Blunt taking the role she made famous. This latest article in the ongoing saga is more nonsense.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.