Jurassic World Dominion tops the box office in its second weekend while Lightyear disappoints in its debut.
The summer 2022 box office returns so far are certainly giving Hollywood some relief after the previous two summer seasons thanks to the performances of certain big films. In its second weekend, Jurassic World Dominion topped the box office with $57.1 million over the course of the three day weekend. The film experienced a 61% drop from the previous weekend, in which the film debuted to $145.1 million. While Universal Pictures’ latest dinosaur blockbuster continues to take a big bite out of the box office, Disney and Pixar’s Lightyear soared to less than infinity and beyond.
In regards to Lightyear, which is a spinoff of the Toy Story franchise centered on the actual Space Ranger that the action figure is based on, the film was originally estimated to gross to between $70-85 million, but has debuted to $51 million, which is certainly underwhelming for a Pixar film based on the studio’s most popular franchise.
Meanwhile, Top Gun: Maverick still soars.
Coming in at the most impressive third place finish behind Jurassic World Dominion and Lightyear is the Summer’s current box office champion, Top Gun: Maverick. Paramount Pictures’ long-awaited sequel to the 1986 Tom Cruise film earned $43.1 million in its fourth weekend, a stunning 15% drop from the weekend prior, bringing the film’s domestic total to $468.6 million come Monday.
In regards to the underperformance of Lightyear, it will be interesting to see how the film continues to perform. Disney and Pixar are a beloved brand amongst families with young children, and given that the film received an A- CinemaScore grade from audiences, perhaps good word-of-mouth can keep it afloat. However, the film will likely face some stiff competition in two weeks when Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions: The Rise of Gru will debut.
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