Toy Story 4 Slaughters Chucky at the Box Office

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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.

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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.

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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.

(via Deadline)

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