‘Lightyear’ Pulls in Disappointing Box Office Numbers Opening Weekend

Disney’s newest Pixar film is already falling short of expectations. Lightyear premiered over the weekend and severely under-delivered, pulling in only $51 million.

According to The Washington Examiner:

Disney’s Pixar film was reportedly expected to top the charts with a $70 million to $85 million domestic opening.

Lightyear grossed nearly $35 million overseas for a global launch of around $86 million.

In the days leading up to the opening, controversy surrounded the movie over a same-sex kiss. The movie was banned in part of the Middle East over its content.

The kiss was initially removed from the film, but it was restored after Disney employees protested the decision in the wake of Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, which critics have called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

Actress Patricia Heaton also voiced her outrage over the fact Tim Allen didn’t voice the character he originally made so famous.

“Saw the trailer for Buzz Lightyear and all I can say is Disney/Pixar made a HUGE mistake in not casting my @ofctimallen Tim Allen in the role that he originated, the role that he owns,” Heaton tweeted on Tuesday. “Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely castrate this iconic, beloved character?”

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