Lightyear Fails at Audience, Jurassic World Rules Dominion

Not quite to infinity, and certainly no further.

light yearan extension of Pixar’s Toy Story universe, failed to reach escape velocity when launched this weekend. No, it didn’t exactly bad– don’t worry about contributing to GoFundMe from The Walt Disney Company just yet – but in the battle for box office nostalgia it was Universal and Jurassic World that came on top.

Jurassic World Dominionthe Chris Pratt-guided third of the Jurassic World trilogy (or sixth part of the Jurassic Park hexology, if you will) surprised forecasters by staying strong into the second week. The mix of computer-generated dinosaurs, the reunited team of Sam NeilliLaura Dernand Jeff Goldblumplus a title daring to dismiss a colon where a colon should be was seemingly too much for moviegoers to ignore.

The Hollywood Reporter wrote on Sunday night that the second weekend of the dino photo, including Father’s Day, grossed $58.7 million domestically. light year grossed just $51 million in its first weekend. The outlet wrote that the animated film was expected to gross between $70 and $85 million.

This brings Jurassic World Dominiontotaling nearly $250,000 million domestically and $623 million worldwide. Lightyear’s global revenue currently stands at just $85.6 million.

THR reported that Jurassic World made $96 million in the increasingly erratic Chinese market, making it “one of the most profitable Hollywood releases of the pandemic”. China, which recently turned down big winners like Top Gun: Maverick and Spider-Man: No Way Home (and whose own domestic film productions have taken the global box office since COVID-19 turned things upside down) has yet to grant access to light year, and will probably ban it, as will several countries in the Middle East. It involves a brief same-sex kiss, which Disney refuses to censor. (The studio similarly held out with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

light year is not a sequel or even a prequel to the Toy Story movies (of which there were four), but a high concept play. The film should be the “content” of the mid-nineties from which the toys, later voiced by Tim Allen, originated. Have it? Chris Evans voices this version of Buzz Lightyear, but that means Chris Evans should also be an action-adventure actor in the mid-1990s. Wow. I think my brain just went to infinity and beyond!

light year has a respectable 76 percent on critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and an almost respectable score of 60 on Metacritic. Jurassic World Dominionhowever, has a crappy 30 percent on RT and 38 on Metacritic. VF‘s critic was quite impressed with both. But Cinemascore, which polls existing ticket buyers, gave both films an A-. Show business!