Lightyear Underperforms on Opening Week
Disney Pixar’s latest project animated movie, ‘Lightyear,’ which was released in theatres has failed to meet the anticipated earnings in the first three days of its opening week with a reported $51 million in the box office.
Experts immediately pointed out that the film’s failure may be due to the fact that it does not broadly appeal to the audience of young girls but they also believe the story has endured harsh criticism.
The movie includes a kiss between two female characters, which lead to an instant ban in over a dozen countries, largely from the Middle East.
With expectations over the moon ahead of its release, the first batch of numbers are worrysome, especially since critics confirming its a quality animated film.
Lightyear sold $5.2 million in pre-orders and midnight premiere admissions for Thursday nationwide. Sonic 2, for example, recorded $6.25 million in similar tickets and Toy Story 4 got $12 million during the its respective premiere window.
The earnings for pre-orders and premiere passes are so low that even movies considered “busts” such as Morbius and Fantastic Beasts earned more than Lightyear’s $5.7 million in such tickets.
Social media has gone haywire; generating mixed reactions over the film’s same-sex kiss controversy, with some sharing memes opposing it and calling for a ban while others recommended parents they take their children to watch Lightyear in theatres.