Toy Story 4: Pixar’s Animation Dominates Box-Office

Toy Story 4, the fourth entry in Pixar’s animated series, earned $118 million in ticket sales when it debuted in 4,575 American theaters.

Directed by Josh Cooley, “Toy Story 4” reunites Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and Bo Peep (Annie Potts) with a band of plastic heroes. New to the gang is Forky, an anxiety-ridden spork voiced by Tony Hale, who helps teach them what it means to be a toy.

The story was written by Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Valerie LaPointe, Martin Hynes, and now-ousted Pixar chief John Lasseter.

While that haul is significantly below expectations–early estimates were around $140 million, it’s a solid start for the critically acclaimed movie.

Despite glowing reviews, Toy Story 4 underperformed because audiences were wary about the need for another chapter after “Toy Story 3” wrapped up the series nicely. The domestic debut is only a slight jump on that entry, which bowed nearly a decade ago with $110 million. However, strong word of mouth will likely keep “Toy Story 4” in theaters.

Overseas, “Toy Story 4” made $120 million from 37 international territories for a global start of $238 million.

“Toy Story 4’s” bow ranks as the fourth-biggest launch for an animated movie, behind “Incredibles 2” ($182 million), “Finding Dory” ($135 million) and “Shrek the Third” ($121 million).

It’s only the third movie this year to cross $100 million in receipts during its opening weekend. The other two , “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame,” were both Disney releases as well.