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Toy Story 4 tops the box office with $118M opening weekend

Disney proved it is still king of the box office. 

The $118 million opening weekend for Toy Story 4 was only the third film in 2019 to gross over $100 million during opening weekend. The other two films to reach the box office milestone were also Disney films: Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame. 

Though Toy Story 4 was expected to rake in $140-$150 million, it significantly outperformed other movies in the box office. 

Exclusive $100 million club: The $118 million opening weekend for Toy Story 4 was only the third film, in 2019, to gross over $100 million during opening weekend

The fourth and last film in the Toy Story saga reunited Tim Allen and Tom Hanks as iconic Buzz Lightyear and Woody.  

Toy Story 4 was written by Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Valerie LaPointe, Martin Hynes, and now-ousted Pixar chief John Lasseter, and cost $200 million to make. 

The films global box office numbers already put it over the cost of production with $238 million made across the globe. 

The previous film in the franchise, Toy Story 3 which was released in 2010, ultimately went on to make over $1 billion, and with inflation, made $129 million opening weekend, according to AP. 

Do we need four: The previous film in the franchise, Toy Story 3 which was released in 2010, ultimately went on to make over $1 billion, and with inflation, made $129 million opening weekend, according to AP

Do we need four: The previous film in the franchise, Toy Story 3 which was released in 2010, ultimately went on to make over $1 billion, and with inflation, made $129 million opening weekend, according to AP

Hit with critics: The latest film has scored with critics, earning a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes

Hit with critics: The latest film has scored with critics, earning a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes

The latest film has scored with critics, earning a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. But, according to Variety, audiences were unsure about the new film since they saw Toy Story 3 as the last chapter in the story. 

The third film left Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys in the care of a new owner, Bonnie, as Andy has gone off to college. 

Toy Story 4 picks up with toys two years after settling with Bonnie and follows their adventures getting back to her after getting separated on the family’s RV trip. 

Third place: Another Disney remake, Aladdin, which is in its fifth week, raked in an addition $12 million, putting its total domestic gross at $287 million

Third place: Another Disney remake, Aladdin, which is in its fifth week, raked in an addition $12 million, putting its total domestic gross at $287 million

Other films that opened along Toy Story 4 this weekend include the horror film Child’s Play and the mystery, crime film Anna. 

The horror film starring Parks and Rec vet Aubrey Plaza was in a distant second place make $14 million, $4 million more than it cost to make. Box Office Mojo reported that it was films already out of their first week that took the third through tenth place spots. 

Another Disney remake, Aladdin, which is in its fifth week, raked in an addition $12 million, putting its total domestic gross at $287 million. Men in Black: International followed behind making $10.7 million in its second weekend. 

Second place: The horror film starring Parks and Rec vet Aubrey Plaza was in a distant second place make $14 million, $4 million more than it cost to make

The fourth MIB film, starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, has generated $52 million to date. 

The Secret Life of Pets 2 rounded out the top five, and added $10.2 million to its North American tally. The animated sequel has grossed $117 million since debuting three weeks ago, but opened at $46.6. million, less than half of the first film’s opening in 2016.

Hollywood is experiencing a summer slump that Disney is set to capitalize off of, with Spider-man: Far From Home and The Lion King still debuting later this summer, and are expected to have nine figure openings. According to Comscore the 2019 box office has dropped 6% below 2018’s record.  

Tanked: The fourth MIB film, starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, has generated $52 million to date

Tanked: The fourth MIB film, starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, has generated $52 million to date

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