BOX OFFICE: ‘Toy Story 4’ having good, but not Earth shattering opening, “Child’s Play” also underwhelming

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Heady projections from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and even Disney itself that “Toy Story 4” would rewrite the animated movie opening weekend records appear to have been exaggerated.

“Blowing away the ‘Incredibles 2’ opening weekend record” is all but gone with the um, wind.

Keeping in mind Deadline.com’s notorious under estimating of Saturday grosses for kid films, it’s on track now — after a $51 million Friday with $12 million Thursday night paid previews — to fall short of the low end of expectations. As in $136 million, not $140, $150 or $200 million.

It could still clear Disney’s reported tracking of $140 million with a great Sat. And Sunday. But maybe another sequel is set to underwhelm…at least in terms of what was hoped for.

I have seen some rapturous reviews for it among the “98 percent fresh” listed on Rottentomatoes.

But asking around among critic friends and scanning the more selective (established critics) and nuanced Metacritic, I’m seeing more reviews closer to my own “anticlimactic” take. They finished this series nine years ago and should have let it be.

“Child’s Play” has been rebooted with an eye toward making evil doll Chucky more of an allegory about the dangers of artificial intelligence.

Great. They just left out suspense and laughs. Weak reviews won’t kill a horror franchise, but $15 is less than the projected $18 it was supposed to open with.

“Men in Black” is fading as fast as “Godzilla” and the other busts of summer.

Luc Besson’s latest variation of his “La Femme Nikita” and “Leon:The Professional” plot “Anna” is a flop. Under $4. #LucToo had something to do with it.

 

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