‘Lightyear’ Disappoints at Box Office Despite Star-Studded Cast

Lightyear movie (Credit: Disney - Pixar)

Lightyear, a spinoff of the Toy Story films, got off to a slow start this weekend at the box office, and opened in second place with a disappointing $51 million. That was well below industry expectations, which projected the Disney-Pixar film would make around $70 million.

The new release, starring Chris Evans as the voice of Buzz Lightyear, played in 4,255 locations across North America for a per theater average of $11,986, according to Comscore.

Tim Allen voiced Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story films. But Lightyear director Angus MacLane recently told Vanity Fair Evans was brought in to “separate” the character from Allen’s “goofier” version.

Additional cast members in Lightyear include James Brolin, Efren Ramirez, Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn, Taika Waititi, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Uzo Aduba, Dale Soules, and Mary McDonald-Lewis.

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The film had a production budget of $200 million, according to the Hollywood trades, making its slow start even more disappointing.

Jurassic World: Dominion held onto the top spot for a second straight weekend after bringing in another $58.6 million.

This latest installment of the dinosaur franchise stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard and brings back Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill from Steven Spielberg’s original 1993 film. The new version opened last weekend with a stunning $145 million.

Elsewhere at the box office, Top Gun: Maverick continued to soar in third place, grossing another $44 million in its fourth week in theaters.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was fourth this weekend with $4.2 million in its seventh week and The Bob’s Burgers Movie took fifth place with $1.1 million in its fourth week.

Check out the box office chart from Comscore below.

Box Office Chart for June 19, 2022. (Credit: Comscore)