'Toy Story 4' tops weekend box office

Carla Harmon
June 25, 2019

But most other studios would love to have a film underperform to $118 million, with an expectation of long-term playability.

The "Toy Story 4" debut still ranks as the fourth highest animated film opening ever, not accounting for inflation. Last week's top film, Sony Pictures' poorly reviewed Men in Black International slid 64 per cent, slipping to fourth place with $10.8 million.

Toy Story 3 made $1.06 billion in 2010, while Toy Story 2 made the equivalent of $763 million in 1999.

The No. 2 film, Orion Pictures' horror remake Child's Play - cheekily positioned as the weekend's R-rated toy movie - also opened below expectations with $14.1 million.

Though the entirety of the hidden nods won't be made clear until the film hits home video - especially because the antiques store and fairground scenes need some serious frame-by-frame scanning to catch everything - eagle-eyed viewers may nevertheless have caught a good number of them.

Toy Story 4 was written by Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Valerie LaPointe, Martin Hynes, and now-ousted Pixar chief John Lasseter, and cost $200 million to make.

It is possible that the film could have some staying power. It rates 98% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. It also has a high audience score.

However, given how this summer has shaped up, those lights might be dimming as it seems every week a newly released film either bombs at the box office or fails to meet expectations.

Despite performing particularly well in Latin America and Europe, the movie failed to meet expectations in the United States, where its $118m (£93m) fell short of a predicted $140m (£110m).

The overall marketplace didn't give Toy Story 4 much momentum. Men in Black: International followed behind making $10.7 million in its second weekend. Do you think we will continue to see big box office blunders as the summer continues?

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