Pixar’s “Lightyear” rocketed to a $51 million domestic opening, the best performance of an animated feature since the pandemic began.

Internationally, the Disney film tallied $34.6 million in ticket sales, bringing its global haul to $85.6 million.

The performance of the animated film, although strong enough for an epidemic release, met expectations.

 Box office analysts estimate that "Lightyear" will gross $ 70 million to $ 85 million domestically.

According to data from ComScore, expectations are high as the last two films in the Toy Story franchise have launched ticket sales of over $ 100 million.

 "Toy Story 4" received $ 120 million in domestic debuts in 2019 and "Toy Story 3" earned more than $ 110 million in its early 2010s.

″’Lightyear” had a great deal of potential on paper, but a number of factors resulted in this very rare box office misfire for a Pixar release,” 

It’s unclear if tough box office competition with Universal’s “Jurassic World: Dominion,” which generated $58.6 million over the weekend

Paramount and Skydance’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” which secured another $44 million

If consumers are confused as to why "Light Years" had a lower opening than expected or why the film was released