'Toy Story 4' opened below expectations at the box office, but still shows how Disney is dominating 2019
- "Toy Story 4" is the latest sequel to open below expectations at the box office this year.
- But it still made an impressive $118 million domestically, further showing Disney's domination at the box office.
- Disney holds the top three spots at the global and domestic box offices so far this year, and has more potential blockbusters on the way.
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Disney and Pixar's "Toy Story 4" opened with $118 million at the domestic box office over the weekend, but it was below expectations.
Experts projected the sequel to debut between $140 million and $170 million. Box Office Mojo anticipated $165 million, while Boxoffice.com projected a more conservative $149 million debut. Those would have fallen short of breaking the animated opening-weekend record held by "Incredibles 2," which opened with a massive $183 million last year.
Instead, "Toy Story 4" had the third-best premiere for an animated movie, behind "Incredibles 2" and "Finding Dory," which earned $135 million in its first weekend in the US.
"Toy Story 4" is the latest sequel this summer to fall short of expectations, hinting at possible franchise fatigue among audiences. Boxoffice.com chief analyst Shawn Robbins wrote that the movie "again underlines the enormous uphill battle franchises face after apparently concluding their stories."
But $118 million is still an impressive start for an animated movie, especially the fourth in a series. Robbins added that "Toy Story 4" is far from a failure and "will go on to a leggy domestic and global run." It's made $238 million worldwide so far.
And it further represents how Disney is dominating this year like no other studio.
Disney is carrying the box office on its back
Disney owns the top three spots so far this year at the domestic and global box offices, with "Avengers: Endgame," "Captain Marvel," and "Aladdin." And "Toy Story 4" has already cracked the top 10 domestically.
The company seems immune to the woes of this year's lackluster box office, which is trailing the record-breaking 2018. Prior to "Toy Story 4," the 2019 box office was down 6% domestically and 4.7% globally compared to that time last year.
Some notable non-Disney movies have broken through and grabbed audiences' attention, though.
They include Jordan Peele's "Us," his follow-up to 2017's "Get Out." "Us" had the biggest opening weekend for an original horror movie ever in March with $70 million and made $255 million worldwide off of a $20 million production budget - what the production company Blumhouse does best.
"How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" grossed $520 million worldwide, and "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" is the rare sequel this year to top its predecessor with an impressive $289 million worldwide.
But the rest of the year will likely continue Disney's domination, as it releases "Spider-Man: Far From Home," "The Lion King," and "Frozen 2."