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Lightyear Nosedives At The Box Office As Minions Dominate

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Going into it’s third week Pixar’s Lightyear plummets even further at the domestic box office as Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru dominates the 4th of July weekend. 

The sequel to the 2015 spin-off of the Despicable Me franchise earned over $108 Million domestically as Lightyear only earned a little over $6.5 Million. But that’s not the worst of it. Films such as Top Gun: Maverick and Jurassic World: Dominion, both films that released before Lightyear, are still earning more.

According to Box Office Mojo this past weekend saw Lightyear drop to 6th place overall.

1 – Minions: The Rise of Gru – $108.51 Million
2 – Top Gun: Maverick – $25.545 Million
3 – Evlis – $19 Million
4 – Jurassic World: Dominion – $15.65 Million
5 – The Black Phone – $12.3 Million
6 – Lightyear – $6.574 Million

So far Lightyear has only grossed $189.1 Million worldwide against a $200 Million budget, not really a good look for a studio that, up until the COVID-19 Pandemic, would release films that usually guaranteed a huge turnout.



Multiple factors die play into why the film didn’t so well. The concept of it being far removed form the original Toy Story version of Buzz, not having Tim Allen return to do the voice, the confusing marketing surrounding the connection to Andy seeing the film as a kid in 1995, confusing story decisions and the list goes on.

Honestly had Lightyear embraced the older version of the character and took inspiration from both the Toy Story films as Buzz Lightyear of Star Command TV series it may hove done better.



Not to mention had they included the LGMs (Little Green Men) they could have had their own equivalent to the Minions to market to young kids and sell toys.

With this latest box office blunder it does make Pixar’s future in theaters appear to be in jeopardy. With their last three films being regulated to Disney Plus the higher ups at the company could potentially see this as a sign to focus on Disney Animation for theatrical releases and for Pixar films to fill in the gaps for original content on Disney Plus.

What do you think of all this? Do you think Lightyear deserves to be a box office bomb? Are you hoping Pixar learns a lesson from all of this?

Source: Box Office Mojo


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