After a couple of lackluster weeks at the box office with several high profile flops, the summer season is kicking in with Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 4. Arriving nine years after what many fans call "the perfect ending to a franchise", the toys are back to pull at your heartstrings one final time. Taking an estimated $118 million domestically, Toy Story 4 has come in a little lower than the $130-$140 million Disney had forecast, but it is a record for the long-running franchise. Internationally, Woody & the gang debuted to $120 million for an estimated global launch of $238 million.
A toy story of a slightly different kind (that wants to pull at your heartstrings in a very literal way) came in second place with the reboot of Child's Play. Grossing an estimated $14 million for the weekend, it's lower than earlier expectations, but you can't argue with the brilliant counter-programming and smart marketing featuring beloved toys falling victim to Chucky.
Holding onto third place is Disney's live-action Aladdin, which added another $12 million to its impressive running total. Currently sitting on a global cume of $810 million, Aladdin could magic its way to the $1 Billion Club before it has finished showing theatrically. Men In Black International couldn't improve on its underwhelming opening weekend, falling three places to number four adding $10.7 million. The Tessa Thompson/Chris Hemsworth led spin-off has fared slightly better internationally with $130 million generated thus far. At the time of writing, MIB International has grossed $182 million worldwide, and I think it's fair to say we shouldn't expect a sequel.
Speaking of sequels, The Secret Life of Pets 2 dropped to number five, but it has at least managed a modest $117 million domestically. Three years ago the first Pets movie finished its run with more than $368 million from the US with a massive $507 million from the rest of the world. For comparison Pets 2 is currently on a global haul of $194 million. Meanwhile, animal enthusiast John Wick climbed one place up the charts to number seven with $4.7 million for the weekend. The third John Wick movie has propelled the cult franchise to blockbuster status with Parabellum mere days away from crossing $300 million worldwide.