Lightyear had a less than stellar domestic weekend box office debut with $51 million in ticket sales, a number that wasn’t even enough to take down Jurassic World: Dominion.
As reported by variety, Lightyear, which had a production budget of $200 million before marketing, was expected to earn at least $70 million in its first weekend in North America. Instead, its $51 million underwhelmed and placed it in second place behind Jurassic World: Dominion’s $58.6 million.
Dominion even had a nearly 60% drop from its opening weekend, where it earned a massive $145 million domestically. Globally, the latest entry in the legendary dino franchise has crossed $622 million.
Internationally, Lightyear added another $34.6 million in 43 markets, bringing its global total to $85.6 million.
Lightyear was a big movie for Pixar as, besides it taking place in the beloved universe of Toy Story, it is also the first Pixar film to be released in theaters since 2020’s Onward. Soul, Luca, and Turning Red all skipped theaters in favor of an exclusive release on Disney+.
Unfortunately for Pixar, it had to go against the previously mentioned Jurassic World: Dominion and the unstoppable force known as Top Gun: Maverick. The Tom Cruise-led sequel to 1986’s Top Gun placed third and earned another $44 million in North America.
Avatar’s $50 million in its fourth box office weekend is the only film ahead of Top Gun: Maverick in the same time frame. Maverick has earned $466 million in North America and it has reached $885 million globally, making it Tom Cruise’s biggest film ever.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is set to be released on Disney+ on June 22, took fourth place with $4.2 million and Disney’s The Bob’s Burgers Movie rounded out the top five with $1.1 million.
For more, check out our Lightyear review, our explainer of the ending, and our look at the infinite evolution of Buzz Lightyear.
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