Wednesday, May 29, 2024

SUNDAY UPDATE Disney Disappointment as “Toy Story” Prequel “Lightyear” Has Anemic $51 Mil Opening Weekend


SUNDAY UPDATE: Total for the weekend is $51 million. I’m told Chris Evans is just great as young Buzz, the Tim Allen argument is not an issue. But the movie simply does not have the charm of the “Toy Story” chapters. Case closed.


Disney must be disappointed this morning. “Lightyear,” the 5th “Toy Story” movie, and the prequel to the other four. Total last night was $15.5 million. With $5 million from Thursday, we have $20 million all in for “opening” night.

The studio is looking at a $50 million weekend. Three years ago this weekend, “Toy Story 4” opened to $120.9 million.

Was it the marketing? Or the fact that for some reason Pixar used Chris Evans to voice Buzz Lightyear instead of Tim Allen? What a strange decision. The audience obviously got the message,

Meanwhile, “Jurassic World Dominion” topped $200 million after 8 days.

More tomorrow.

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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