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Lightyear Has Had One Of Pixar's Worst-Ever Opening Weekends At The Box Office

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Lightyear Has Had One Of Pixar's Worst-Ever Opening Weekends At The Box Office

Pixar's new movie Lightyear has opened with a much lower box office take than expected in its opening weekend.

The opening weekend for Lightyear has been disappointing, with the new Pixar film failing to dislodge Jurassic World: Dominion from the top spot at cinemas.

The film raked in around $50.5 million in the US but according to Insider, Disney bosses were predicting it would take a haul closer to $70 million on the opening weekend.

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While Lightyear was not expected to reach audience levels on par with the likes of Toy Story, a lower-than-predicted haul at the box office is a disappointing start.

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As opening weekends go for Pixar films it's down there with the likes of Ratatouille, The Good Dinosaur and Onward.

However, there is still some optimism that Lightyear could go on a good run while in cinemas despite a less than stellar opening.

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There are plenty of reasons why a movie doesn't take in quite as much as expected at the box office, and that might help explain why Lightyear performed below expectations.

The movie has opened in a crowded field, shortly after Top Gun: Maverick and Jurassic World: Dominion, which has likely meant audiences were in other screenings on Father's Day weekend.

Lightyear has had an opening weekend about $20 million lower than predicted. Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Lightyear has had an opening weekend about $20 million lower than predicted. Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Those films took $44 million and $58 million respectively on Lightyear's opening weekend, sandwiching the Pixar movie between strongly performing blockbusters.

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Bearing that in mind, it's entirely possible that audiences who watched something else last weekend will flock in to see it in the coming weeks, making it a movie with a modest opening but strong legs.

That's what happened to Coco, which opened at $50.8 million in the US, but went on to take $210 million in the American market and $807 million worldwide.

It's possible audiences are waiting for Lightyear to release on streaming service Disney+. Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
It's possible audiences are waiting for Lightyear to release on streaming service Disney+. Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Another thing to consider is the rise of streaming services like Disney+, with plenty of movies available to stream only a few weeks after releasing in cinemas.

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Lots of potential Lightyear viewers may be staying away as they're willing to wait a few weeks for it to land on Disney+ where they can watch it in the comfort of their own homes.

Families have learned in recent years that a little patience can save them an expensive trip to the cinema.

The rising cost of seeing a movie on the big screen coupled with a few remaining post-pandemic nerves has made waiting to stream a movie a more appealing option for many.

Only time will tell whether Lightyear will do better at the box office in the long run or whether audiences are willing to wait a little longer for it to release on Disney+.

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Lightyear is in cinemas now.

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Featured Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Topics: Film & TV, Disney, Pixar

Joe Harker
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