Sky high expectations for the fourth “Toy Story” have been brought back to Earth as the new Pixar film, though easily topping the box-office, didn’t quite reach the levels of early expectations.
“Toy Story 4” raked in $118 million in ticket sales at the box-office, below the near $140 million the studio was estimating early last week and the overexcited $160 million+ earnings others were predicting.
That said, the number is hardly a disappointment for the critically acclaimed movie, coming in a few million higher than “Toy Story 3” which opened to $110 million nearly a decade ago and the fourth-biggest launch for an animated movie ever behind only “Incredibles 2” ($182M), “Finding Dory” ($135M) and “Shrek the Third” ($121M) which all had holiday weekend advantages.
Word of mouth is also expected to be strong and thus generate good repeat business in weeks to come. Overseas, the film picked up an additional $120 million from three dozen international territories for a global start of $238 million.
The “Child’s Play” reboot came in second, snagging a solid $14 million which already goes above its cost-effective $10 million production budget. Less impressive was the Luc Besson action film “Anna” which debut to just $3.5 million and didn’t even make the top ten.
“Men in Black: International” came in fourth with $10.8 million, a second weekend drop off of a steep 64%. Overall box-office is currently tracking 6% below 2018’s record.