In a surprising twist, the new movie from Pixar and Disney light year lost Father’s Day weekend to have left Jurassic World Dominion at the domestic cash register.
This is the first time in the pandemic that there are three major Hollywood tent poles doing solid to great business (Top Gun: Maverick is the third). As a result, total domestic revenues reached an estimated $166 million, which is just 18 percent lower than in 2019 (usually, that gap was much wider). However, it’s not clear if the box office chart has recovered enough to support this much product.
light year it was expected to top the list with a $70 million to $85 million opening. Instead, the Toy Story spin-off buzzed to a disappointing $51 million from 4,255 theaters. While that’s a solid number for the COVID-19 era — as well as the pandemic’s biggest opening for an animated family movie — light yearIts launch is nonetheless a disappointment, as it bears the legendary Pixar logo.
Overseas, light year took $34.6 million from the first 43 markets for a global launch of $85.6 million.
Chris Evans voices the iconic Space Ranger in the original story, which marks Pixar’s return to the big screen after seeing several of his animated family films head straight to Disney+ due to the COVID-19 pandemic. light year serves as a test of the strength of the family market as the box office continues to recover.
The animated film currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 78 percent, which is definitely on the low end for a Pixar offering, especially for the Toy Story franchisee. However, the public gave it an A-CinemaScore.
Universal and Amblin’s Jurassic World Dominion remained #1 with $58.7 million from 4,679 locations for a 10-day domestic tally of $247.8 million and $622.2 million worldwide (it is only the seventh Hollywood title to exceed $600 million in the pandemic era ). Internationally, it earned another $76.1 million for a foreign total of $372.4 million. China’s total is now $92.8 million, making the film one of the highest-grossing Hollywood releases of the pandemic.
A sobering comment: lordship tumbled 60 percent domestically, a bigger drop than the last two dino movies.
Monday is a federal holiday in honor of Juneteenth, so Monday could be more like a Saturday and Sunday in terms of traffic at the register. Universal insiders believe Jurassic World 3‘s domestic total could reach $68 million for the four days.
light year should also see a boost on Monday.
Paramount and Skydances Top Gun: Maverick remained a formidable force into its fourth weekend. The water cooler sensation fell just 15 percent to $44 million for a domestic total of $466.2 million as it flies for the $500 million. Abroad, it made $39.7 million from 64 markets for a global cume of nearly $900 million, or $885.2 million.
Marvel and Disneys Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness came in at number 4 with $4.2 million for a domestic total of $405.1 million and $942.5 million worldwide. It now ranks 10th in the list of most profitable Marvel Cinematic Universe titles.
Disney and the 20th Century The Bob’s Burgers movie rounded out the top five with $1.1 million for a domestic total of $29.8 million.
At the special box office, British comedy Brian and Charles opened for $830,000 from 279 theaters for a lukewarm per location average of $711, despite winning the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Focus Features acquired the film from Sundance for a reasonable prince, according to insiders.
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June 19, 8:35 a.m. Updated with revised weekend estimates.