It’s reported that Pixar and Disney’s Lightyear gained $5.2 million in box office previews prior to its official release Friday in over 4,200 theaters across North America.
The iconic Space Ranger is voiced by Chris Evans in the Toy Story origin spinoff. This event marks Pixar’s return to the big screen after witnessing some of its animated family projects moved directly to Disney+ because of COVID-19.
It’s estimated that Lightyear could definitely buzz $70 million to $85 million in opening weekend at the domestic box office. Father’s Day is coming ahead so Disney and Pixar intend to attract dads and their children to the cinema. Lightyear started to release on Wednesday in some premium large and Imax screens before the preview is released in select cinemas on Thursday.
Angus MacLane is the director of the movie; furthermore, the voice cast includes Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn, Taika Waititi, Dale Soules, Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Efren Ramirez, and Keira Hairston.
The sci-fi action movie tells the origin story of Buzz Lightyear’s adventure, a remarkable character in the Toy Story franchise.
For abroad cinemas, Lightyear will be simultaneously released in most large markets, apart from France, China, Japan, and some parts of Southeast Asia.
Moreover, Lightyear is the newest project from Disney to be prohibited in many Middle East countries, including the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, due to a gay kiss. On Rotten Tomatoes, Lightyear‘s score gains 80 percent, which is lower than Pixar’s offering. It has been seen whether this will peal the movie. The proof is that Jurassic World Dominion gained $145 million on its opening despite the worst 30 percent score.