It's not often that a franchise can remain as successful as Pixar Animation's Toy Story film series is at 24 years old. Yet even now, as this summer begins with a chain of failing sequels, Toy Story 4 is looking at a successful theatrical run.
Critics have already had a chance to view the film and have given the fourth installment glowing reviews, but the film isn't just succeeding from a critical perspective.
Toy Story 4 is currently tracking to earn between $150-200 million upon opening across 4,500 cinemas in North America. If it does in fact reach that number, it would rank among the highest openings for Pixar's animated features, topping all of its own franchise's benchmarks. For comparison, Toy Story opened with a little over $29 million (roughly $48 million when adjusted for inflation) on its opening back in 1995 across 2,500 theaters. The 1999 sequel opened with $300,163 (approx. $504 thousand adjusted), though it should be noted that that was earned from a single theater. Toy Story 3, which released in 2010, opened to more than $110 million (or $185 million adjusted).
The upcoming animated film follows the events of Toy Story 3, in which Andy gave up his childhood toys to little Bonnie when he went off to college. Toy Story 4 introduces several new toys, including Forky, a handmade toy created by Bonnie out of a plastic spork.
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. The film opens June 21.