Chris Evans plays Buzz Lightyear in Pixar’s “Lightyear”.
Pixar’s “Lightyear” has achieved a $ 51 million opening domestically. This is the best performance of the animation feature since the pandemic began.
Internationally Disney Movie ticket sales were $ 34.6 million, reaching $ 85.6 million worldwide.
Animated film performance is strong for pandemic releases, but below expectations. Boxing analysts predicted that “Light Year” would bring between $ 70 million and $ 85 million domestically.
Expectations were high for the last two movies in the Toy Story series, both of which have started selling over $ 100 million in tickets, according to Comscore data. In 2019, Toy Story 4 made its domestic debut in excess of $ 120 million, and Toy Story 3 generated over $ 110 million at the start of 2010.
Sean Robins, Chief Media Analyst at BoxOffice.com, said:
It is unknown whether it is a fierce box office competition with Universal “Jurassic World: Dominion” generated $ 58.6 million over the weekend, Paramount Skydance’s “Top Gun: Maverick” secured an additional $ 44 million, which was why the opening of “Lightyear” was smaller than expected, or consumers were confused about the release of the movie.
After all, there hasn’t been a Pixar movie in theaters since “Onward” in 2020. The last three animation studios, “Soul,” “Luca,” and “Turning Red,” were all released on the streaming service Disney +.
“Did this movie come out in an overcrowded market with a male-led movie?” Robins asked. “Did marketing work to market this movie’s ideas to Toy Story fans of both generations? For the past two years, Disney’s strategy of directing Pixar movies to streaming has backfired on the brand. Did you hurt your value? “
“These are just a few of the valid questions we, especially Disney, have to consider,” he said.
Robins said watching the movie apparently rebounded in 2022, drawing demographics that had never returned before. Still, one of the most credible franchises from the pre-pandemic era was disappointing.
Paul Dergarabedian, Senior Media Analyst at Comscore, said: “The rookie’Buzz Lightyear’has become dependent on a longer orbit in the theater since its debut.
Prior to the release of Universal’s Minions: The Rise of Guru, Dargara Bedian said word-of-mouth should help draw families to the theater.
Disclosure: Comcast is the parent company of NBC Universal and CNBC. NBCUniversal is a distributor of “Jurassic World: Dominion” and “Minions: The Rise of Guru”.