Lightyear: Pixar’s New Animation–Underwhelms (Disappointing?) Box-Office

‘Jurassic Park Dominion’ Storms Ahead of ‘Lightyear’ in Box-Office Upset

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

In a surprise twist, Pixar and Disney new movie Lightyear lost Father’s Day weekend to holdover Jurassic World Dominion at the domestic box-office.

This is the first time in the pandemic with 3 major Hollywood tentpoles doing solid-to-great business (Top Gun: Maverick is the third).

As a result, overall domestic revenue hit an estimated $166 million, which is down only 18 percent from 2019 (usually, that gap has been much bigger).

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 4,255 theaters.

That’s a solid number for the COVID-19 era–as well as biggest opening of the pandemic for animated family film–Lightyear‘s start is nonetheless a disappointment, considering it carries the storied Pixar logo.


A T.rex in Jurassic World Dominion, co-written and directed by Colin Trevorrow.
Overseas, Lightyear took in $34.6 million from its first 43 markets for a global launch of $85.6 million.

Chris Evans voices the iconic Space Ranger in the origin tale, which marks Pixar’s return to the big screen after several of its animated family films headed 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.

Lukewarm Reviews

The animated film has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 78 percent, which is on the lower end for Pixar offering, particularly for the Toy Story franchise. Audiences, however, gave it an A- CinemaScore.

Universal and Amblin’s Jurassic World Dominion stayed No. 1 with $58.7 million from 4,679 locations for a 10-day domestic tally of $247.8 million and more than $622.2 million globally (it’s only the seventh Hollywood title to cross $600 million in the pandemic era). One sobering note: Dominion tumbled 60 percent domestically, a bigger fall than the last two dino films.

Monday is a federal holiday honoring Juneteenth, so it could look more like a Saturday and Sunday in terms of traffic at the box office. Universal insiders believe Jurassic World 3‘s domestic total could climb as high as $68 million for the four days.

Lightyear should also see a boost on Monday.

Paramount Top Gun: Maverick remained formidable force in its fourth weekend. The sensation dropped mere 15 percent to $44 million for a domestic total of $466.2 million as it flies for the $500 million mark.

At the specialty box office, British comedy Brian and Charles opened to $830,000 from 279 theaters for a tepid per location average of $711 despite winning the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Focus Features acquired the film out of Sundance for a reasonable price.