Woke Disney just suffered another loss.
Disney Lightyear’s new movie was expected to gross between $70 million and $85 million over the 3-day weekend. It was unsuccessful and only made $51–55 million.
Well, that wasn’t supposed to happen. Disney’s Lightyear, despite an A-CinemaScore and 4 stars/85% positive on PostTrak, is closing in on its $70-85 million projection with a 3-day weekend of $51-55 million for the second week Universal/Amblin Dominion’s Jurassic World ending with $57.1 million. Jurassic could even hit $66.3 million during the four-day June 19 holiday.
What the hell happened here? Despite Rotten Tomatoes’ lowest rating of the Toy Story franchise at 77% Certified Fresh, it’s clear no one in large quantities will see Buzz Lightyear’s origin story. Understand that a Pixar movie and a Jurassic movie have played close to each other on the schedule before, and they both walked away with an embarrassment of riches. While we’ve mentioned that spinoffs always open lower than the main franchise films (take your pick: Fantastic Beasts vs. Harry Potter, Hobbs & Shaw vs. Fast & Furious, and Bumblebee vs. Transformers), that could be a case. to go to the Toy Story way too soon, too fast, despite the fact that cinema closures and a pandemic have taken place between now and the last Toy Story 4 three years ago.
Nolte de Breitbart explains why the excuses given so far for the flop don’t add up.
Next, Deadline blames the critical reaction, even though Lightyear has a new Rotten Tomatoes score of 80% and Jurassic World Dominion is below 40%.
Next, Deadline blames the inflationary economy, although over the past three weeks we’ve seen Top Gun and Jurassic World Dominion perform at or well above expectations.
Go awake, go broke!