Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Box Office: “Lightyear” Opens to 60% Lower Ticket Sales in Previews Than Last “Toy Story”


Three years ago, “Toy Story 4” had a preview night of $12 million.

Last night, “Lightyear,” the prequel to the four Toy Story movies, arrived in previews. It scored $5 million, 60% off from the last outing.

Hey, in this environment, $5 million ain’t bad. Good word of mouth may propel “Lightyear” to a terrific weekend. But as with most of these sequels, prequels, and bagels, by the fifth go round even the most loyal fans are ready for new ideas.c

If “Lightyear” is even a modest success, there will be two more of them. That’s a given. Listen, if Shakespeare were alive we’d be getting movies about various members of the Capulet family, and Rosencrants and Guildenstern’s Excellent Adventure.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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