Lightyear Plummets Back To Earth In It’s Second Weekend Box Office Report


Sadly it seems that ‘Lightyear’ didn’t go to infinity and beyond like Disney had hoped. In it’s Sophomore weekend the film dropped 65% overall and landed 5th at the box office even behind the Indie horror film “The Black Phone.”

Statistics from Movie Web:

  • Top Gun: Maverick – $30.5 million
  • Elvis – $30.5 million
  • Jurassic World Dominion – $26.4 million
  • The Black Phone – $23.3 million
  • Lightyear – $17.6 million
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – $1.7 million

Next week ‘Lightyear’ is going to face competition from Minions: The Rise of Gru and that one is in the same genre and target demographic. If it doesn’t fare any better they can argue the genre itself is the issue, but I have a feeling the Minions film will do well.

Of course many are trying to paint a picture of “toxic” groups causing boycotts of ‘Lightyear’ and I’m sure some did boycott the film over the same sex kiss. But the truth is more likely that people either have no interest in this film, are confused about the shift in one of the main characters, or are just waiting for the movie to hit Disney+.

In fact the director Angus MacLane said in the behind-the-scenes documentary Beyond Infinity: Buzz and the Journey to Lightyear the stakes are even higher when you’re taking a beloved character like Buzz Lightyear, and you’re reimagining him.”

MacLane also said that the new Buzz isn’t as goofy and Chris Evans has star “gravitas” that Tim Allen doesn’t have.

“”Tim’s version of Buzz is a little goofier and is a little dumber, and so he is the comic relief. In this film, Buzz is the action hero. He’s serious and ambitious and funny, but not in a goofy way that would undercut the drama. Chris Evans has the gravitas and that movie-star quality that our character needed to separate him and the movie from Tim’s version of the toy in Toy Story.

Well one of the versions of Buzz Lightyear has done very well and one can’t get his rocket off the ground. Star “gravitas” doesn’t mean anything when people don’t connect with a “reimagined” version of the character.

Disney has the audience they’ve trained.

Disney has also trained their perspective audience to watch Pixar films on their streaming service. Something Pixar employees were concerned about when their projects kept being given away on Disney+. They had valid reason’s to feel that way. The results of that are showing.

If anything this should show Hollywood, and Disney in particular, that if you have a winning formula and characters people love, it’s probably best to not make major changes for no reason. Adding new characters is fine, and has been readily accepted in the ‘Toy Story’ universe. But people want the characters they love not a version that they toys were based on.

I’m sure the media going overboard, accusing potential audiences of phobia, didn’t help the ‘Lightyear’ box office either.

I think Disney expected a lot more out of this film.

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