FRIDAY AFTERNOON: Friday is clearly in favor of Disney/Pixar’s light year at $23 million, including the $5.2 million previews. However, there is some tension from Universal/Amblin’s Jurassic World Dominion possibly sink his teeth into the cartoon astronaut.
Current 3-day outlook for light year is $55M+ and Jurassic World Dominion stands at $53.4 million, but there is a forecast that the latter will clear $61 million over 4 days, bringing the running total to $253 million.
Too early to say light year underperforms for the Saturday matinees and the Father’s Day activities on Sunday are the biggest draw. At this early stage, we heard that the hour readings are progressing better than Sonic the hedgehog 2on the first Friday in April. Should that momentum continue for the rest of this afternoon, there’s a chance light year gets $60 million.
In last night’s PostTrak exits, light year scored four stars with a general audience and a recommendation of 62%. The audience composition was 67% general, 16% parents and 17% children under the age of 12. Parents gave the movie 4 1/2 stars, while kids under 12 gave it 5 stars. There were more boys than girls, 61% to 39%. Of the general public, 53% were men, 47% were women.
FRIDAY AM: Pixar’s return to the big screen, light year, put in $5.2 million between the fan previews on Wednesday and the Thursday night shows, which is just under the $6.3 million that Paramount’s Sonic the hedgehog 2 did it in April during the first two days of previews.
light yearFan screenings on Wednesday started at 6:00 PM, while showtimes started at 3:00 PM on Thursday. The sci-fi origin story of space keeper Buzz Lightyear has been booked at 4,255 theaters and is expected to gross between $70 million and $85 million. Global start is estimated at $135 million, with an overseas footprint of 43 material markets, representing 79% of international. Rotten Tomatoes reviews are certified 80% fresh, which is below the high 90%-100% range of the Toy Story movies. If the family movie goes over-indexing, that’s tantamount to Father’s Day traffic, not to mention the June holiday celebrated on Mondays. To date during the pandemic, Paramount’s Sonic the hedgehog 2 has the best opening for a family movie at $72.1 million.
light year well ahead of Tuesday’s pre-holiday previews from Universal/Illumination’s Sing 2 ($1.6 million) and Disney’s charm ($1.5 million). presale for light year were estimated at about $10 million as of yesterday, just below Sonic the hedgehog 2is $12 million – $14 million.
Universal/Amblin’s Jurassic World Dominion led all movies in regular release yesterday with $8.66 million, -13% as of Wednesday at 4,676. The film shares Imax screens with light year this weekend, but hand them over completely to the Disney/Pixar movie on the third weekend. Take the first week for lordship is $191.1 million, 7% behind the first week of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Paramount/Skydances Top Gun: Maverick saw $6.2 million yesterday, -6% from Wednesday for a third week of $78.7 million and a total of $422.1 million.
Disney/Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness did an estimated $614K, for a sixth week of $7.9 million and a running total of $400.8 million.
Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s the bad guys grossed $282K, -24%, for an eighth week of $4M, and a total of $93.2M.
Disney’s The Bob’s Burgers Movies earned an estimated $280,000, for a third week of $3.9 million and a total of $28.7 million.