Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ Debuts Opening Weekend #2
It was a tough weekend for Pixar’s “Lightyear,” which debuted with fewer numbers than expected to debut at number two at the US box office.
Despite positive reviews from both critics (including The Disney Blog) and moviegoers, the film only debuted to $51 million in 4,255 North American theaters (according to box office mojo).
Adding overseas markets, “Lightyear” raked in just $34.6 million in its top 43 markets for a global first weekend of $85.6 million.
The good news is that internationally in Latin America, “Lightyear” ranked #1 in all markets.
It’s also the highest launch weekend for any anime release during the pandemic era in Mexico, Argentina, Central America, Peru, Bolivia, Uruguay, and the Philippines.
“Lightyear” even debuted at No. 1 in Italy and Iceland, as well as No. 2 in Spain, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Thailand.
Why didn’t the film do better?
Part of the problem is that it debuted on the heels of two huge box office Hollywood sequels (“Jurassic World Dominion” and “Top Gun: Maverick”).
In fact, it was “Jurassic World Dominion” that grabbed the top spot at the US box office this week with $58 million in its second week in theaters.
The film’s worldwide box office was also reduced by the fact that several countries banned the film for an animated same-sex kiss.
Speaking of international markets, the movie still hasn’t opened in some markets like France (June 24) or Japan (July 1), which will add to the total gross.
And finally, some “Toy Story” fans say they refused to see the movie because Chris Evans voiced the real space guard Buzz Lightyear, instead of Tim Allen who voiced the toy version of Buzz Lightyear. since the start of the franchise.
After sending three Pixar movies straight to streaming on Disney+, hopes were high for “Lightyear” to succeed in theaters.
This less-than-expected performance could send upcoming Pixar movies, like “Elemental,” back to streaming on Disney+ for a few releases.
A holiday weekend
Of course, today, June 20, is a federal holiday in the United States honoring June 19, so Monday might feel more like a weekend day in terms of theater traffic.
That might mean a good 4-day weekend total, but probably not enough to climb that extra spot on the charts.
Good news for Doctor Strange
While “Lightyear” only took second place in the box office chart, Marvel’s “Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness” still clings to the fourth spot this weekend.
The film earned $4.2 million from 2,465 US theaters last week before it arrived on Disney+. It’s been in theaters for seven weeks.
Have you seen him?
Did you venture to the cinema this weekend to see “Lightyear”? Do you plan to see it this week?
If not, why don’t you see it? Let us know in the comments.