Pixar’s ‘Toy Story 4’ Continues to Play Well into Fourth of July Weekend
For a second straight weekend, doll mania continued to dominate the box office. Pixar’s Toy Story 4 remained on top with an estimated $57.9 million weekend. Annabelle Comes Home possessed the second place spot.
Last weekend, Toy Story 4 fell short of Incredibles 2 and Finding Dory territory. But make no mistake, this is still a major hit for Disney and Pixar. The Pixar sequel dropped an acceptable 52.1%. That’s a bit harder than Monsters University (-44.7%), Finding Dory (-46%) and Toy Story 3 (-46.3%). However, an improvement over Cars 3 (-55.2%) Incredibles 2 (-56%) and Cars 2 (-60.3%). A 10-day total of $236.9 million matches Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Deadpool. Similar legs guarantee a finish between $363-380 million. A leggier Pixar run raises its total to around $409 million. That won’t be enough for Toy Story 4 to top Toy Story 3 ($415 million). However, taking the summer bronze medal is more likely. That is, unless Spider-Man: Far From Home plays spoiler throughout July.
As the third doll movie in less than a week, Annabelle Comes Home found its way to the second place spot. The seventh chapter of “The Conjuring Universe” opened to a franchise-low $20.4 million. Granted, Annabelle Comes Home did open on a Wednesday, pulling in $10.8 million before the actual weekend. The previous two Annabelle films debuted at $37.1 million and $35 million respectively. Annabelle: Creation even found its way over $100 million, thanks to positive reception and late summer legs. Annabelle Comes Home finds itself in a part of summer where the inconsistent Purge films typically play. Annabelle Comes Home was a hit with critics, scoring a 69% on Rotten Tomatoes. CinemaScore audiences dropped their consistent “B” grade for the creepy doll trilogy, down to a “B-.” That’s on par with The Curse of La Llorona and the dreadful “C” given to The Nun. Right now, Annabelle Comes Home is aiming for a $60 million run.
Danny Boyle’s Yesterday got off to a decent start this weekend, albeit not quite befitting of a rock star. The musical comedy from Universal debuted in third with $17 million. Between all the family-friendly fare out right now, we’ll have to see how this will fit into the summer equation. Will we see Rocketman legs? It’s hard to gauge right now. CinemaScore audiences were generally positive, offering an “A-.” Critics were more mixed with only 60% of Rotten Tomatoes critics going positive. With reviews still funneling in, we still don’t know whether Yesterday will end up fresh or rotten. Even if Yesterday sings its way to a $50 million run, that’s not too shabby.
Disney’s Aladdin continues to be summer’s marathon runner. Down one spot, the live-action remake dipped 29.4% in its sixth weekend. A $9.3 million weekend catapulted the Disney flick over $300 million, joining Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel. All three films are distributed by Disney. Toy Story 4 and The Lion King will join the triple-century club before summer’s end as well. That would give Disney five films over $300 million domestically. Aladdin remains on track for a $325 million finish. That 3.57x multiplier would surpass The Jungle Book’s 3.52x multiplier from 2016. It would also be a career-high for Will Smith, topping Suicide Squad ($325.1 million).
For the second straight weekend, The Secret Life of Pets 2 rounded out the top 5. The animated Universal sequel enjoyed a solid 31% in its fourth frame. Without question, this would be its best hold yet. A $7.1 million weekend brings its 24-day cume to $131.2 million. The Secret Life of Pets 2 is playing decently against Disney blockbusters Toy Story 4 and Aladdin. With Spider-Man: Far From Home and The Lion King as the main competition in July, $140-145 million is still doable at this juncture.
Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s
#1 – Toy Story 4 (1)
$57.9 million / $236.9 million total
#2 – Annabelle Comes Home (NR)
$20.4 million / $31.2 million total
#3 – Yesterday (NR)
$17.0 million / $17.0 million total
#4 – Aladdin (3)
$9.3 million / $305.9 million total
#5 – The Secret Life of Pets 2 (5)
$7.1 million / $131.2 million total
Opening Next Week: Spider-Man: Far From Home (Tuesday), Midsommar
Source: Box Office Mojo