Pixar is expected to revitalize the sleepy box office this weekend. “Toy Story 4” brought in a staggering $12M in Thursday night previews this week, which is the second-highest preview total for an animated film. The only animated movie to beat it was “The Incredibles 2,” which made $18M in previews in 2018. With the Thursday night totals on hand, “Toy Story 4” is expected to open with an estimated $160M debut, which is great news for Disney and terrible news for the other studios with films opening this weekend.
A $160M opening weekend would top the charts within Disney’s Toy Story franchise. The original “Toy Story” debuted with a $29M opening in 1995 before making over $373M worldwide. “Toy Story 2” opened in 1999 with a $57M opening before grossing $497M globally. “Toy Story 3” was the first Pixar film to open above $100M, making $110M on its debut before grossing $1.06B worldwide in 2010.
While “Toy Story 4” is expected to win the box office this weekend, it’s not the only film releasing in theaters. The “Child’s Play” reboot with Aubrey Plaza is opening in an estimated 3,000 theaters this weekend, and the horror-thriller made $1.65M in previews on Thursday night. If the estimates hold out, “Child’s Play” could walk away with a $17M domestic debut and second-place on the domestic charts.
The original “Child’s Play” opened in 1988, making $6.5M on opening weekend before grossing $44M globally. “Child’s Play 2” topped the original on opening weekend, bringing in $10.7M, but left theaters with a $35M total. In 1991 Universal Pictures released “Child’s Play 3,” but the film only made $5.7M on its opening weekend before topping out at $20M worldwide.
“Anna,” the action thriller from writer and director Luc Besson, did not do as well. The movie is expected to open in 2,114 locations this weekend, and current estimates have the film opening behind “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” “Men in Black: International,” “Aladdin,” and “Rocketman” with a $4.5M opening weekend. The film is Besson’s follow up to “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” and features Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, and Cillian Murphy. After Besson’s sci-fi fantasy thriller struggled in theaters, the director went back to his roots, having worked on other femme fatale films like “La Femme Nikita,” “Lucy,” “The Fifth Element,” and “The Professional.” At this time, it seems unlikely that “Anna” will top Scarlett Johansson’s “Lucy,” which had a $43M opening debut.
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