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Box Office: ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Roars Ahead of ‘Lightyear’ in Surprise Upset

The dinosaurs devoured $58.7 million in their second outing Lightyear came in behind expectations with a $51 million debut.

In a surprise twist Pixar and s new movie Lightyear lost s Day weekend to holdover Jurassic World Dominion at the domestic box office.This is the first time in the pandemic that there’s been three major Hollywood tentpoles doing solid to great business Top Gun Maverick is the third). As a result usually that gap has been much bigger. However it is not clear whether the box office chart has recovered enough to support so much product.

Lightyear was expected to top the chart with a $70 million to $85 million opening. Instead the Toy Story spinoff buzzed to a disappointing $51 million from 4255 theaters. While thats a solid number for the COVID-19 era as well as the biggest opening of the pandemic for an animated family film Lightyears start is nevertheless a disappointment considering it carries the storied Pixar logo.

The movie is not expected to be released in China and was banned in parts of the Middle East including Saudi Arabia over a same gender kiss. The scene involving the female character Hawthorne voiced by Uzo Aduba and her partner was originally cut from the film but reinstated following the uproar surrounding a statement from Pixar employees claiming that Disney had been censoring overtly gay affection and Disney CEO Bob Chapeks handling of Floridas Do not Say Gay bill.

Chris Evans voices the iconic Space Ranger in the origin tale a role previously voiced by Tim Allen. Lightyear marks Pixars return to the big screen after seeing several of its animated family films head straight for Disney+ due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lightyear serves as a test for the strength of the family market as the box office continues to recover.The animated film currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 78 percent which is definitely on the lower end for a Pixar offering for the Toy Story franchise. Audiences gave it an A CinemaScore.

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