After a run of high profile flops such as Godzilla: King of the Monsters, X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Men in Black: International, Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 4 injected some life into the box office this weekend with the sequel setting a new record for the biggest ever global opening for an animated movie.
Domestically, Toy Story 4 came in under its lofty tracking predictions but still managed a solid $118 million over the Friday to Sunday period, putting it ahead of its predecessor Toy Story 3 which opening with $110 million back in 2010.
Internationally, the film managed to pull in a further $120 million from 37 markets (including a $15 million opening in the UK) for a worldwide debut of $238 million – some $2 million above last year’s The Incredibles 2 for a new record opening for an animated feature.
With this weekend’s opening, the Toy Story franchise has also passed the $2 billion mark in combined box office, with Toy Story 3 standing well out in front on $1.067 billion followed by Toy Story 2 on $497.4 million and the original Toy Story on $373.6 million.
Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.
Toy Story 4 features a voice cast that includes Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Joan Cusack, Blake Clark, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, Jodi Benson, Michael Keaton, Jeff Pidgeon, Kristen Schaal, Bonnie Hunt, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Garlin, Lori Alan, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Don Rickles, and Keanu Reeves.