This weekend saw two different films prominently featuring toys opening against each other at the box office: the reboot of Child's Play and Pixar's hotly-anticipated Toy Story 4. As widely expected, the family-friendly animated film has completely left the live-action horror movie in its wake with a tremendous box office opening worldwide.
Toy Story 4 opened to an estimated $118 million domestically and $120 million at the overseas box office, bringing its worldwide total to $238 million. Mexico was the largest foreign market for the Pixar sequel, with a $23.4 million opening compared to China's $13.4 million opening. A re-release of Spirited Away is currently outperforming the latest Toy Story, but the CGI film is expected to have continued staying power due to strong word-of-mouth audience reactions and positive critical reviews.
United Artists' Child's Play reboot opened to $14 million domestically but, given its hard R-rating and more niche recognition for the franchise, the lower opening is not unexpected. And with a reported production budget of $10 million, before marketing and distribution costs, the horror movie is already well on its way to becoming a financial success.
Leading up to the dual opening weekend, the Child's Play promotional campaign released a series of cheeky posters depicting Chucky killing fan-favorite characters from the Toy Story franchise in reference to impending box office showdown. However, with the opening weekend totals coming in, the Pixar franchise still reigns supreme.
Directed by Josh Cooley, Toy Story 4 stars Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Keanu Reeves, Annie Potts, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jeff Pidgeon, Blake Clark, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Tony Hale.
Directed by Lars Klevberg from a script by Tyler Burton Smith, Child's Play stars Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, Gabriel Bateman, Tim Matheson and Mark Hamill.