Lightyear had another disappointing weekend at the box office. Fourth of July weekend is a massive week for moviegoing but families are choosing to Minions: The Rise of Gru, which is already breaking box office records.
Lightyear came in No. 6 in its third weekend at the box office with an estimated $6.6 million for the three days and $8.1 million for the four day holiday weekend. Through Sunday, the Pixar movie has earned $105.4 million domestically and $82.2 million overseas for a global total of $187.6 million.
The $187.6 million total means Lightyear is Pixar’s lowest grossing movies of all-time. 2015’s The Good Dinosaur brought in a worldwide total of $333 million. It should be noted that Onward did get a release in early 2020 but only stayed in theaters for a little over a week before being pulled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pixar’s next three releases following Onward — Soul, Luca, and Turning Red, all skipped theaters and were released exclusively on Disney+.
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It doesn’t get any easier for Lightyear as Minions is expected to do strong numbers moving forwards this Summer while kids are out of school. Also, Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters this weekend and is expected to be the Summer box office juggernaut with no real competition until July 29, when DC League of Super-Pets hits theaters.
This may be a sign to start moving Pixar films moving forward to Disney+. Despite no official data from the streamer, Disney’s animated films have been some of the most watched content on the platform, Encanto saw a massive boost in streams and led to a huge award seasons push. Luca, Soul, and Turning Red reportedly saw record watch hours. Lightyear making the move to Disney+ could see strong viewing numbers as well. I’m not saying this should be done for all animated movies. In Lightyear’s case it went up against Top Gun: Maverick, box office juggernaut, Jurassic World: Dominion, a franchise that continues to do solid numbers, and Minions, from the multi-billion dollar Despicable Me franchise.
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