Hard blow for the latest from Pixar studios: the film derived from Toy Story on the legendary Buzz Lightyear is off to a rocky start. Jurassic World: The World After does better.
To infinity and beyond !! These were Disney’s revenue hopes with its new franchise spin-off. Toy Story. It is clear that Buzz Lightning moderately convinces the American public. The Pixar-developed film was upstaged at the box office by Jurassic World: The World Afterthe sixth feature film in the universe created by Steven Spielberg almost thirty years ago. We take stock of this more than disappointing start.
Between 50 and 52 million dollars in three days. This is what the film should bring in for its first three days of operation (about 25 million less than what was announced). For this Father’s Day 2023, many American dads preferred to take their offspring to see a dinosaur movie (yet very mediocre). On these same three days, Jurassic World should allow Universal to recover approximately 58 million dollars. Deadline note that this good score nevertheless constitutes a drop of 60% compared to last weekend… It is essentially the same trajectory as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Four years ago.
Buzz Lightning had nevertheless garnered better reviews, both from film professionals and from the American public. On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoesthe film had obtained 77% of positive reviews against approximately 30% for Jurassic World. Similarly, the Cinescore index which questions spectators at the exit of theaters gives a score of 86% to the latest Pixar against 73% for Colin Trevorrow’s film.
For comparison, the first Toy Story had been launched around 29 million twenty-seven years ago. The next three installments started at $80, $110, and $120 million respectively in 1999, 2010, and 2019. Obviously, the $50 million Buzz Lightning pale in comparison to the franchise’s other results. Especially since the film cost more than 200 million, excluding marketing.
However, it is difficult to make a fair comparison: all of these films were released before the Covid-19 pandemic, but since then Disney has preferred to release its family films directly on its streaming platform. The last three Pixar for example, Soul, Luca and the very pretty Red alert have not seen theatrical release.
How to explain this lackluster score? First, many American fans lamented the change in voice of the famous Toy Story hero. Tim Allen, who lent his voice to the famous toy, gave way to a more bankableCaptain America himself, Chris Evans. Convenient to make a very visible promotion of the film… Much less to ensure the support of long-time fans.
Then, it must be said that the competition was tough. Top Gun: Maverick continues its way to the podium of the best results at the North American box office. With 43 million dollars in receipts for its fourth weekend of exploitation, Joseph Kosinski’s film retains a solid third place… What can you dream of in the billion?