Box office: ‘Lightyear’ eyes open at No. 2 below ‘Jurassic World 3’

Infinity isn’t practically a box office event, so Disney”Light year“He will have to settle $20.7 million on opening day and beyond.

Pixar’s ‘Toy Story’ series exploded Thursday night with respectable $5.2 million of preview offers. However, the film now tracks an opening in the range of $50 million to $55 million from 4,255 North American theaters, below initial expectations that pegged the film to a debut of between $70 million and $80 million. What’s more, “Lightyear” struggled to dislodge Universal’s “Jurassic World Dominion” from the top slot on the local charts during its second Dinosaur Weekend.

There are certainly winning ways to look at the opening of “Lightyear,” as its projected space would easily mark the highest-grossing animated film appearance since the start of the pandemic in North America. Family audiences were somewhat skittish about returning to the big screen as the multiplayer reopened, prompting Disney to rethink its release strategy, choosing not to participate in theatrical performances of Pixar’s three newest animated features – “Spirit”, “Luca” and “Turning”. Red” — instead, it debuted live on the Disney+ streaming device to boost subscriptions. After spending more than two years away from theaters, a $52 million opening will show that Pixar still has a place on the big screen.

However, it is not hard to imagine that Disney was looking forward to greater success with “Lightyear.” The film might not even make half of the $120.9 million opening price of 2019’s Toy Story 4, even though the sci-fi movie is part of Pixar’s crown jewel franchise.

With a massive production budget of $200 million, “Lightyear” has a ways to go before it lands safely in the black. The movie is looking to get an extra bump from family audiences through Saturday morning and Father’s Day Sunday. Critics were generally favorable, with the film scoring an overall approval rating of 61% from top critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences seem to like the movie, too, with Lightyear receiving an “A-” in Cinema Score, indicating strong approval overall.

Lightyear focuses on the origin of the character Buzz Lightyear, who first appeared in a movie before becoming the action character who befriended Woody in Toy Story. Within the “Toy Story” canon, Andy “Lightyear” character saw and purchased Buzz Lightyear as merchandise. Now, the general public of our world can watch the movie that set Andy’s imagination on fire.

Chris Evans stars in the voice role from creator Tim Allen, and the film also stars the voices of Kiki Palmer, Peter Sohn, James Brolin, Taika Waititi, Del Souls, Uzo Aduba, Mary MacDonald Lewis, Evren Ramirez and Isaiah Whitlock Jr.

Should current expectations of “Lightyear” hold, “Jurassic World Dominion” could be poised to repeat as the number one predator at the domestic box office.

Universal predicted that its sixth entry in the “Jurassic” series would be 61% lower than its peer $143 million for the first time Last weekend, it made $57.1 million over the three-day window. This is a steeper decline than that experienced by the last two franchise entries on their second weekend; 2015’s “Jurassic World” is down 49%, while 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is down 58.8%.

However, the projected $57.8 million for “Dominion” might be enough to secure a second weekend at the top of the local charts. The Dino movie should expand the sequel’s GDP to nearly $250 million as of Sunday, and is already safely among the four highest-grossing films at the domestic box office of 2022.

Top Gun: Maverick continues to sail smoothly. Paramount expects a tiny, massive drop of 23% in the three-day window, adding a total of $40 million.

The Tom Cruise sequel has become a true phenomenon of cinema since it topped the box office record on Memorial Day weekend With 160 million dollars for the first time for four days. Since then, the film has enjoyed scores of less than 50% from week to week, an unusually low number for theatrical films. “Massive” swept the wave of wonderful oral words, becoming Highest release in 2022 in the US This week it surpassed Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” And as business continues to thrive, the sky appears to be the limit for a “dissident”.

Speaking of Doctor Strange, it looks like the superhero sequel is poised to take number four on the domestic charts this weekend. The entry for the Marvel Cinematic Universe added an additional $1.1 million on Friday, increasing the gross domestic product to $401 million.

Disney and 20th Century Studios’ “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” are supposed to top the top five. The adaptation of the animated feature-length series should exceed $30 million in GDP as of Monday.