FRIDAY AFTERNOON: Friday is clearly in favor of Disney/Pixar light year at $23 million, including the $5.2 million previews. There is some tension from Universal/Amblin’s, however Jurassic World Dominion possibly sinking his teeth into the cartoon astronauts.
Current 3-day outlook for light year is $55M+ and Jurassic World Dominion stands at $53.4M, but there is a forecast that the latter will cold-rake $61M over 4 days, bringing its running total to $253M.
Still too early to tell light year underperforms at Saturday matinees and Sunday Father’s Day shops, its greatest strengths. At this early stage we have heard that the hourly numbers are progressing better than Sonic the Hedgehog 2‘s during his first Friday in April. If this momentum continues for the remainder of this afternoon then there is a chance light year comes to 60 million dollars.
In last night’s PostTrak exits, light year earned four stars from the general audience and a 62% recommendation. The audience consisted of 67% general audience, 16% parents and 17% children under 12 years old. Parents gave the film 4 1/2 stars while children under 12 gave it 5 stars. Boys outnumbered girls, 61% to 39%. Of the general audience, 53% were male, 47% female.
FRIDAY AM: Pixar’s return to the big screen, light year, made $5.2 million between Wednesday fan previews and Thursday night shows, which is just short of the $6.3 million that Paramount has Sonic the Hedgehog 2 did it in April in the first two days of preview.
light yearWednesday fan performances began at 6:00 p.m., while Thursday show times began at 3:00 p.m. Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear’s sci-fi origin story is booked in 4,255 theaters and is expected to gross between $70 million and $85 million. Global launch is estimated at US$135 million with overseas presence encompassing 43 material markets, accounting for 79% of international markets. Rotten Tomatoes ratings are 80% certified freshness, which is below the high 90% to 100% range toy story movies. If the family film is over-indexed, it amounts to Father’s Day traffic, not to mention celebrating June 16 on Monday. To date during the pandemic, Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has the best opening for a family film at $72.1 million.
light year is well ahead of Universal/Illumination’s pre-Christmas previews on Tuesday singing 2 ($1.6 million) and Disney’s Encanto ($1.5M). Presale for light year were valued at around $10 million yesterday, just under Sonic the Hedgehog 2$12 to $14 million.
Universal/Amblins Jurassic World Dominion topped all films in regular release yesterday at $8.66M, down 13% from Wednesday’s 4,676. The film will share Imax screens light year this weekend, leaving it entirely to the Disney/Pixar film for its third weekend. Take for the first week domination is $191.1 million, down 7% from the first week of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Paramount/Skydance Top Gun: Maverick saw $6.2M yesterday, down 6% from Wednesday for a third week of $78.7M and a grand total of $422.1M.
Disney/Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has made an estimated $614,000 for a sixth week of $7.9 million and a running total of $400.8 million.
Universal/DreamWorks Animations The Bad Boys raised $282,000, -24%, for an eighth week of $4M and $93.2M running total.
Disney’s The Bob’s Burgers movies earned an estimated $280,000 for a third week of $3.9 million and a grand total of $28.7 million.