The teaser trailer for Lightyear starring Chris Evans beat Eternals in debut trailer views.
Earlier this week, the teaser trailer for Disney and Pixar’s upcoming film Lightyear dropped. The film is an origin story of the “real” Buzz Lightyear that the Toy Story action figure voiced by Tim Allen was based on and features Captain America actor Chris Evans as the beloved Space Ranger. The teaser had an impressive debut in its first 24 hours, even beating out Marvel Studios’ Eternals for its first trailer.
Having dropped on Wednesday, the Lightyear trailer debuted to an impressive 83 million views in its first 24 hours. The trailer beat out other Pixar films’ trailer debuts including Toy Story 4 (62 million), Soul (32 million) and Luca (28 million) and only ranks behind Incredibles 2 (114 million). The trailer for Chris Evans’ new film beat Marvel Studios’ Eternals trailer that debuted in May, which hit 77 million views in its first 24 hours.
Lightyear was first announced during Disney Investor Day last December. Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter announced the Chris Evans vehicle along with the upcoming original animated film Turning Red as two new feature-length films set to debut in 2022. With the release of those two films, Pixar will make its return to exclusive theatrical releases for the first time since March 2019 when Onward hit theaters. Both Soul and Luca were released as Disney Plus exclusives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is not surprising that Disney is opting to release Pixar’s Lightyear exclusively in theaters rather than through Disney Plus. After all, the film is a spin-off from the iconic Toy Story franchise and stars Chris Evans, AKA one of the studio’s biggest headline stars thanks to his years as Captain America. With the amount of trailer views it received in its first 24 hours, even beating out Eternals, it looks like Pixar will have another box office hit on their hands.
Here is the synopsis for Chris Evans’ Lightyear:
“The sci-fi action-adventure presents the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear—the hero who inspired the toy—introducing the legendary Space Ranger who would win generations of fans.”
Directed by Angus MacLane, Lightyear blasts off into theaters on June 17, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on Chris Evans’ upcoming film and Marvel Studios’ Eternals, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.