Buzz Lightyear and his robot companion Sox embark on an intergalactic adventure in Pixar’s Lightyear.
More than a dozen Asian and Middle Eastern countries will not betray of Disney “Lightyear” hit theaters for an animated kiss of the same sex, but the ban is unlikely to have much of an impact on the film’s worldwide box office.
“Lightyear” is the fifth film in the Pixar Toy Story franchise and tells the story of the film that inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy line. Chris Evans (Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) voices the main character, the legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear.
In the film, Buzz’s close friend is a space ranger who marries a woman. During the installation at important stages in the couple’s life there is a short kiss between the two.
Countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Lebanon and The United Arab Emirates has decided not to release the film. It is also expected that China will not make the film available.
However, these markets are not suitable for the global box office of “Lightyear”, if the past performance of Pixar films is a sign.
Toy Story 4, released in 2019, generates more than $ 1 billion worldwide. The United States and Canada account for the largest share of ticket sales, generating 40 percent of the film’s total box office, or about $ 434 million, according to Comscore. China accounts for only 3%, about $ 32.5 million, while the combination of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates accounts for less than 2%, or less than $ 20 million.
“Although every dollar counts to offset the cost of production, marketing and distribution, the impact of not being able to play a Pixar movie like Lightyear in certain countries, as the data shows, is unlikely to have a profound effect on the end result.” said Paul Dergarabedyan, a senior media analyst at Comscore.
Dergarabedyan noted that Pixar’s films are among the most consistent performers at the box office and have been part of the “fabric of American cinematographic culture” for decades.
“With the exception of Coco, Pixar’s films have recently earned somewhere between 40 and 50 percent of their global revenue from North America alone,” added Sean Robbins, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “For various reasons, the cultural translation of these films remains local, while other Hollywood blockbusters often see nearly two-thirds or more of their global box office generated by international markets.
Launched in 2010, Toy Story 3 was not released in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates or China and still generates more than $ 1 billion in global ticket sales. The in-house box office accounts for 41% of these sales, or about $ 415 million.
The animated film is expected to raise between $ 70 million and $ 85 million during its domestic debut this weekend.
“Pixar has a history of over-expectation, and we’ve seen a clear demand from adults, many of whom are parents, to return to theaters in the last few months,” Robbins said. With Father’s Day in action and a shortage of high-profile animated films over the past two years, Lightyear may exceed expectations just as easily as it may turn out to be more modest than some of Pixar’s greatest hits. . “