The most recent movie from Disney’s Pixar — which options the voice work of Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear — opened to an estimated $51 million on the North American field workplace this weekend.
The movie additionally did not seize the highest spot on the field workplace, opening at No. 2 behind the second weekend of Common’s “Jurassic World: Dominion,” which made an estimated $58.6 million.
So why wasn’t “Lightyear” an even bigger hit?
For starters, it could have been troublesome for audiences to know what precisely the movie was about. It is not fairly a “Toy Story” film since “Lightyear” was marketed as a movie concerning the man behind the toy somewhat than the toy itself. In the end, households might need been confused concerning the movie and that might have steered them away.
That is additionally the primary Pixar film to be launched in theaters since 2020. The studio’s final three movies — “Soul,” “Luca” and “Turning Crimson” — all went on to Disney+. The selection to ship these movies to streaming could have prompted audiences to remain residence and await “Lightyear” to hit Disney+ somewhat than purchase a ticket.
All in all, “Lightyear” should have the ability to discover an viewers over the following couple of weeks since there’s not loads of household fare on the field workplace proper now. Common and Illumination Leisure’s “Minions: The Rise of Gru” — the following main household movie — would not hit theaters till July 1.
Elsewhere on the field workplace, “Prime Gun: Maverick,” continues to do nicely. The Paramount movie starring Tom Cruise got here in third place with $44 million for its fourth weekend. That is a drop of simply 15% from final week.
The movie — which has Cruise reprise his function as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell from 1986’s “Prime Gun” — has made $885 million globally to this point.