General box office holders have not given Lightyear a buzz everyone expected it to have this weekend.
Disney’s latest animated film, featuring the voice of Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear, had an estimated $51 million opening weekend gross at the North American box office this year.
The film’s domestic earnings were less than expected – it is thought that the number will be around $70 million, while its global box office gain was $85.6 million, according to Disney.
The follow-up also did not snag the top spot at the box office, ranking at No. 2 during its opening following week 2 of Universal’s Jurassic World: Dominion, which gained an estimated $58.6 million.
Its opening is a second-rate release for Pixar, considered among Hollywood’s most successful and well-known studios. The studio has produced smash hits such as Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Finding Nemo and has earned $14.7 billion worldwide.
Lightyear was compared to other movies by Pixar because it is pushed on the hindquarters of film debuts for the animation studio. Its $51 million debut is behind 2017’s Cars 3, as per Comscore.
The film was based on characters from the famed Toy Story series and received a 77% review score on Rotten Tomatoes. But other factors contribute to why the film didn’t gain traction as expected.
Pixar has not released a movie in theaters since 2020 as its latest three films – Soul, Luca, and Turning Red – all were launched by Disney. This will be their first release under their banner.
But Lightyear may still gain traction in the coming weeks because there are not many family fares at the box office right now. Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s Minion: The Rise of Gru – the next big family movie – doesn’t hit theaters until July 1.
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