Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ Underwhelms with $51 Million in Debut Weekend

Pixar’s “Lightyear” underwhelmed at the North American box office in its opening weekend, earning an estimated $51 million at the North American box office.

The film, an origin story about the astronaut who inspired the Buzz Lightyear action figure from the “Toy Story” movies, trailed behind “Jurassic World Dominion,” which remains at the top spot at the box office in its second weekend in a row.

Released by Universal Pictures, the sixth entry in the dinosaur movie franchise earned $58.6 million in North America for a cumulative domestic gross of $249.7 million.

“Lightyear” is Pixar’s first major theatrical release since early 2020 and it has earned $34.6 million from international markets for a worldwide debut weekend total of $85.6 million, according to corporate parent company Walt Disney Pictures.

The animated film, which has a 77% score on Rotten Tomatoes and features Chris Evans as the voice of Buzz Lightyear, was expected to earn around $70 million.

“Lightyear” puts it behind “Cars 3,” which was released in 2017.

The opening was a disappointing launch for one of the most successful Hollywood studios.

Pixar’s last three films — “Soul,” “Luca,” and “Turning Red” — were all directly released to streaming platform Disney+.

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