Pixar isn’t invincible after all.
Despite his ties to the beloved of the studio toy story franchise, Light year opened with just $51 million at the domestic box office, Variety reports. Although it marks the best opening for an animated film since the start of the pandemic, it fell far short of industry expectations.
In fact, it failed to top the box office. This honor went to Jurassic World: Dominionwhich grossed $58.6 million, making it the nation’s number one film for the second year in a row.
It’s no surprise that Disney and Pixar had high expectations for Light year, a space adventure starring Chris Evans voicing the title character, whose toy version was voiced by Tim Allen in the toy story movies. These movies were all huge box office hits, so it’s no wonder industry expectations were high for the first movie in the lineup. toy story Expanded Universe.
Light year was also the studio’s first theatrical release since the 2020s Ahead. Its latest offerings were immediately made available on Disney+, so perhaps audiences have gotten used to getting their Pixar fix from the comfort of their own home.
“This is a soft opening for a spinoff of one of the most successful animated series of all time,” said David A. Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research. Variety. “toy story has defied gravity at the box office over its 27 years, with each episode surpassing the last, with the last two grossing $1 billion worldwide. But like all spinoffs, the Light year the story is closer now.