Pixar’s Lightyear rockets to a $51 million domestic Box Office opening. Internationally, the film made $34.6 million in ticket sales, bringing its global numbers to $85.6 million.
While that’s the best opening for an animated movie since the pandemic began, it’s still well below the film’s projected $70-85 million. It’s also not enough to top Jurassic World Dominion, which will remain atop the box office chart with $58 million in its second weekend.
Expectations were high because the last two films in the Toy Story franchise both opened to more than $100 million in ticket sales, according to data from Comscore. “Toy Story 4” in 2019 topped $120 million in its domestic debut and “Toy Story 3” generated more than $110 million during its opening 2010.
“‘Lightyear” had a great deal of potential on paper, but a number of factors resulted in this very rare box office misfire for a Pixar release,” said Shawn Robbins, chief media analyst at BoxOffice.com.
Robbins thinks the marketing for Lightyear failed to win over both generations of Toy Story fans. Plus, he argues the competItion was strong with both “Jurassic World: Dominion” and “Top Gun: Maverick” in theaters.
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