LightyearIt was released in cinemas last Friday, despite being a resounding success. Toy StoryPixar’s reliable film-related team has not made the best box office debut for it on its opening weekend.
As reported by VarietyThe film only made $51 million, far below its $70 million and US box office debut. Add $34.6 million from 40 international markets to get $85.6 million.
There could be many factors that contributed to this. These include families being hesitant to return home to the cinemas after the pandemic (especially considering the possibility of a Disney+ release so quickly), people not wanting a Buzz Lightyear origin story and/or wanting to see a ‘toy’ Buzz Lightyear instead, and possibly a general fatigue with Disney’s reliance upon nostalgia.
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There is also fierce competition from Top Gun: Maverick, which earned $44 million in its fourth weekend in America (James Cameron). AvatarIs the Only Film to have made more in weekend #4 (at $50 million) and came third overall. Jurassic World DominionWith an additional $58.6 million, he maintained his position at the top of US box office.
LightyearIt could have made more money releasing in countries like Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. But Disney opted to ban these territories instead of sharing a sexual kiss.
It was discovered that the same-sex kiss in the movie was cut earlier this year. LightyearProduceGalyn Susman claimed that its reinstatement was necessary. “important to us”.