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'Toy Story 4' tops weekend box office

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Lora Ball | 25 June, 2019, 15:55

Why do you think the film failed to meet expectations?

The Toy Story 4 opening, according to studio estimates Sunday, ranks as the fourth highest animated film opening ever, not accounting for inflation. It's the year's third largest debut, trailing only a pair of other Disney releases: Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel.

Disney bosses expected Toy Story 4 to debut with about $140 million.

The images feature Toy Story favourites Woody and Buzz Lightyear, along with new characters introduced in the new film - Forky, Duke Caboom, Ducky and Bunny, and the returning new look Bo Peep. It rates 98% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Toy Story 4 picks up with toys two years after settling with Bonnie and follows their adventures getting back to her after getting separated on the family's RV trip.

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Have you seen Toy Story 4?

Though the entirety of the hidden nods won't be made clear until the film hits home video - especially because the antiques store and fairground scenes need some serious frame-by-frame scanning to catch everything - eagle-eyed viewers may nevertheless have caught a good number of them.

Another Disney remake, Aladdin, which is in its fifth week, raked in an addition $12 million, putting its total domestic gross at $287 million. The spinoff of the first three "Men in Black" installments has Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as the world-saving alien fighters, roles previously personified by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

The film takes fourth place in openings for animated films behind Incredibles 2 ($182 million), Finding Dory ($135 million), and Shrek the Third ($121 million).

Luc Besson's assassin thriller Anna missed out on the top 10 entirely, opening with a mere $3.5 million in 2,114 theatres. According to Comscore the 2019 box office has dropped 6% below 2018's record.

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