Lightyear has not gotten enough buzz at the box office this weekend.
The most recent movie from Disney’s Pixar, featuring the voice of Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear – earned an estimated $51 million during its opening at the North American box office this weekend.
The number went lower than the industry expected – it estimated the film’s earnings to be approximately $70 million. Instead, the film came in at $85.6 million globally, said Disney.
The follow-up also did not snag the top spot at the box office, ranking at No. 2 during its opening following week 2 of Universal’s Jurassic World: Dominion, which gained an estimated $58.6 million.
Its opening is a second-rate release for Pixar, considered among Hollywood’s most successful and well-known studios. The studio – which produced smash-hits such as Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Finding Nemo – has earned $14.7 billion worldwide.
Lightyear was compared to other movies by Pixar because it is pushed on the hindquarters of film debuts for the animation studio. Its $51 million debut is behind 2017’s Cars 3, as per Comscore.
The movie was based on characters from the famed Toy Story series, and it received a 77% review score on Rotten Tomatoes, which indicates a solid score. However, numerous other factors contributing to its sort of flop have added weight to its turnout.
It marks the first time Pixar has released a film in theaters since 2020. The animation studio’s last three movies – Soul, Luca, and Turning Red – all were launched by Disney.
However, Lightyear may still gain traction in the coming weeks because there are not many family fares at the box office right now. Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s Minion: The Rise of Gru – the next big family movie – doesn’t hit theaters until July 1.