Toy Story 4 had a massive opening weekend, as you may have expected, but there are many outlets and analysts around the web insanely calling it a disappointment, if not an outright failure.
Toy Story 4 took in $118 million, which is the best opening ever for a Toy Story and the fourth largest animated opening of all time, behind Incredibles 2, Finding Dory and Shrek the Third. The part that is “disappointing” about the opening is that Disney expected at least $140 million from the domestic opening. The opening was also the third largest opening weekend of 2019 and it’s already in the Top 10 for 2019 at #9. Worldwide, the movie made another $123 million for a grand total opening of $238 million.
The Child’s Play reboot took a distant second place with $14 million, which was also below expectations, although they obviously were not as absurdly lofty as Disney’s for Toy Story 4. The movie only cost $10 million to make, so it will probably make some of its money back, although the audience reaction was not great. Funnily enough, if you adjusted for inflation, $14 million is what the original 1988 Child’s Play made in its opening weekend.
Aladdin remained in third place and continues to be one of the strongest performers of the summer. It took in another $12.2 million and has made over $812 million worldwide.
Men in Black International and The Secret Life of Pets 2 rounded out the top 5, with the former taking a nose dive and losing almost 65% of it’s take from last weekend and pulling in another $10.5 million. It has made just over $182 million worldwide so far but it cost $110 million plus who knows how much in promotions and advertising, so it will probably be a pretty big loss for Sony.
Also taking a nosedive was Shaft, which almost fell out of the top 10 in its second weekend with only another $3.55 million and barely holding off the new Luc Besson movie Anna, which opened in eleventh place with a $3.52 million, which is Besson’s lowest opening for a wide release ever.
Toy Story 4 also took the Per Theater average, making $25,792 in each of the 4,575 theaters it opened in.