Lightyear Slumps at the Box Office

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Lightyear has been a major snub at this year’s box office.

The latest Disney Pixar movie, featuring the voice of Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear, earned an estimated $51 million during its opening at the North American box office this weekend.

The film’s domestic earnings went lower than expected – it estimated the number would be approximately $70 million but came in at just over 85.6 million globally.

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. 

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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 movie was met with a 77% review score on Rotten Tomatoes, but it didn’t fare so well. Many contributing factors conferred on its slump and weighed heavily upon the outcome of this film’s success or failure. 

For the first time since 2020, Pixar has released a movie in theaters. The studio’s last three films – Soul, Luca, and Turning Red – were all launched under Disney. 

Yet, 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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