– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Going into the weekend, enthusiasm really couldn’t be higher for the fourth film in the Toy Story franchise. While many of us were skeptical that the movie could actually hold a candle to any single entry in the franchise, it has exceeded all expectations of quality — including for those lucky LRM Online staff members who had a chance to actually check out the movie early. And along with those expectation-breaking-reactions…expectations for Toy Story 4‘s box office have appropriately been raised.

According to Variety, the film has taken in $12 million in its Thursday box office preview numbers. The only other Pixar film that has those Thursday numbers beaten is Incredibles 2, which took in an astounding $18.5 million. That movie went on to take in $182.7 million in its opening weekend and $1.2Bn worldwide.

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Admittedly, this would seem t imply around $120 million from Toy Story 4 in its opening weekend, which would be less than its predecessor, which opened at $135 million. It also be less than the $140 million Disney predicted and the ridiculous $200 million some experts are predicting. That being said, given that this film does skew a bit younger, it’s also possible that those Saturday and Sunday numbers will be higher than expected.

Regardless, even if it does fall short of expectations, given the reception, I don’t think anyone will be able to consider this one a failure. From what we can tell, if Toy Story 4 is indicative of the types of movies we’ll be getting post-John Lasseter, I think we’re in good shape.

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SOURCE: Variety

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.