BOX OFFICE: “Lightyear” and “Jurassic” are neck and neck

It’s starting to look as if Pixar and Disney should leave “Toy Story” alone. They’ve ridden that mule to death.

A decent but underwhelming Thursday night of $5.2 million, and a $20 million Friday (including Thursday) point to a big but not epic $55 million opening weekend for “Lightyear.”

Earliest predictions pointed a lot higher. Reviews aren’t helping. Indifferent at best. “Humorless and joyless” I thought. This is underperforming the opening of “Toy Story 4.”

Considering that “Jurassic World Dominion” is on track to do $53-55 this weekend, that could point to an epic Pixar slapdown. Take away the Thursday “previews” numbers, and “Jurassic” and “Lightyear” had identical Fridays.

“Jurassic” is down 74%, Friday to Friday tho.

Sunday is Father’s Day, so we’ll see if Sat. and Sunday turn that around. But right now, it’s anybody’s weekend to take.

A $10 million Friday points to “Top Gun: Maverick,” sweeping up another $40 million this weekend. It’s blown by “Doctor Strange” and will clear the $500 million mark by late next week.

So the top three films will pull in $150 between them? Maybe the movies are back!

More will be added to this post as other figures come in.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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