Posted: Jun 20, 2022 3:30 PM
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This weekend was a curious one for the animation giant Pixar, as it met some headwaters while it was primed to release its latest theatrical offering, “Lightyear.” As the weekend culminates, there is some disappointment felt, as the reality of its underperforming has arrived. Projections pegged the family pic earning $70-80 million, but now it is regarded as more of a flameout on the launchpad. The final take this weekend was $51 million, and the movie was not even the top-grossing title, failing to unseat “Jurassic Park: Dominion.”
This was the successful studio resorting to a current formula seen at parent company Disney of creating backstory releases for established characters. Like the streaming series “The Mandalorian” and “Obi-Wan,” this is a look at the inspiration behind the toy character Buzz Lightyear from the massively successful “Toy Story” franchise. The future prospects do not look encouraging. With a production budget of $200 million, the box office cut and promotional expenses mean that likely