Toy Story 4 get a big opening weekend, but didn’t beat the records

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Toy Story 4 get a big opening weekend, but didn't beat the records
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For all of that hype and expectations, Toys Story 4 certainly brought a lot to the table with its opening weekend. But it wasn’t a record one.

According to FOX News, Toy Story 4 brought $118 million in the opening weekend. It’s the third largest movie debut of the year so far after Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel.

So, no surprises there. But what is a surprise is that the initial expectations for Toy Story 4 were for it to reach $150 million and maybe even challenge $200 million. That would have made it the highest opening weekend for any animated movie, ever.

As it stands, it’s the 4th in that category. Above it are Incredibles 2, Finding Dory, Shrek the Third. Toy Story 4 performed better than “disappointing sequels” like Men in Black: International, Dark Phoenix, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

And Toy Story 4 has 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It also has an A CinemaScore.

“The Pixar team has always been disciplined about making sure they have a compelling story to tell, and that is especially true when it comes to sequels if you look at their past,” said Cathleen Taff, distribution chief for Disney. “Their process of sort of going through the rigor of making sure that this is a story people want told, the end result speaks for itself.”

Toy Story 4 brought in another $120 million from international cinemas. So, things are still going well, just not that recordly-well as expected.