The Toys are back in town!
Pixar’s gang of beloved playthings returned to theaters this weekend and put TOY STORY 4 on top at the box office with an estimated opening of $118 million!
The fourth adventure of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen‘s doll counterparts scored a franchise high opening, besting the $110 million start for TOY STORY 3 in 2010 (that third chapter went on to $415 million domestic and $1.06 billion worldwide).
Althought it didn’t meet the predictions of a $140 million first weekend, TOY STORY 4 was the third-biggest opening for a Pixar movie behind the $135 million start of FINDING DORY in 2016 and the whopping $182 million opening of last summer’s INCREDIBLES 2. It’s also the fourth-biggest animated opening overall when the $121 million start of SHREK THE THIRD is thrown in the mix.
The new G-rated comedy (which adds Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Tony Hale to the extensive voice cast) also roped in $120 million from international audiences for a worldwide total of $238 million.
Directed by longtime Pixar storyboard artist Josh Cooley in his feature debut, the latest outing of various sentient figures and plush prizes (and one trash-turned-toy) cost a reported $200 million.
Critics were overjoyed with the opportunity to spend more time with Bonnie’s collection, giving the sequel a 98% average on Rotten Tomatoes. You can play around with the JoBlo reviews HERE and HERE.
Opening in second place was the new version of CHILD’S PLAY with $14 million.
The R-rated horror remake, with the murderous Chucky doll (now voiced by Mark Hamill) menacing Aubrey Plaza and her son, had a reported production cost of $10 million.
The original CHILD’S PLAY movie series (which featured Brad Dourif memorably bringing the killer Good Guy toy to life) previously had a series best opening with $11.8 million for BRIDE OF CHUCKY back in 1998.
Critics had mixed feelings about the update of the iconic 80s slasher, giving the movie a 60% average on Rotten Tomatoes. Stab your way over to the JoBlo review HERE.
Disney’s live-action remake of ALADDIN continued doing solid business in third place with $12.2 million. On its fifth weekend, Will Smith‘s genie has granted a financial wish of $287.5 million domestic and $810 million worldwide on a reported $183 million cost.
In fourth place was PG-13 sequel MEN IN BLACK INTERNATIONAL with $10.7 million, disintegrated by 64% from its first-place opening last weekend. The sci-fi comedy, with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson now on top-secret alien law-enforcement duty, has a ten-day domestic total of $52.6 million and a worldwide total of $182 million (on a reported cost of $110 million).
Animated sequel THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 was in fifth place with $10.2 million, giving the clever animals a domestic total of $117.5 million after three weekends in theaters. The $80 million Illumination effort has a worldwide total of $194.6 million.
The Elton John biopic ROCKETMAN was orbiting sixth place with $5.6 million on its fourth weekend. The R-rated musical now has a domestic total of $77.3 million and $153.4 million worldwide on a reported $40 million cost.
Action sequel JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM actually shot up one spot on the list into seventh place with $4 million. The R-rated Keanu Reeves hitman movie has fought its way to $156 million domestic and $289 million worldwide after six weekends (it cost a reported $75 million).
In eighth place was GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS with $3.7 million as the atomic behemoth stomped past the $100 million domestic mark over its fourth weekend. The beast-filled $170 million sequel from director Michael Dougherty has a wolrdwide total of $350 million.
The X-Men sequel DARK PHOENIX was in ninth place with $3.6 million for a domestic total of $60.1 million on its third weekend. The PG-13 mutant movie, directed by X-franchise writer/producer Simon Kinberg, has a worldwide total of $232.9 million on a reported $200 million cost.
Closing out the list was the R-rated action-comedy SHAFT with $3.5 million, getting shafted out of 60% of business from last week’s opening. The second Samuel L. Jackson private detective movie has a ten-day domestic total of $15.9 million, on a reported cost of $30 million.
Outside the chart, the Mindy Kaling/Emma Thompson alk-show comedy LATE NIGHT went off the air and Octavia Spencer‘s homicidal MA went into retirement.
Although it was released on more than 2100 screens, filmmaker Luc Besson‘s new assassin thriller ANNA couldn’t crack the Top 10 with $3.5 million for the weekend.
The R-rated action movie, with Cillian Murphy and Helen Mirren joining relative newcomer Sasha Luss in the title role, cost a reported $30 million. Critics didn’t think much of Besson’s latest femme fatale, giving the movie a 25% average on Rotten Tomatoes (the JoBlo review is HERE).
Next weekend has more doll-related activity in THE CONJURING spinoff ANNABELLE COMES HOME (on Wednesday), director Danny Boyle presents a world unfamiliar with The Beatles in the comedy-fantasy YESTERDAY, and Marvel’s AVENGERS: ENDGAME gets pushed back out in wide release with some bonus post-credits treats.
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