Children’s Movies Do Better When They Actually Entertain

It is not news to anyone that the movie industry has been attempting to indoctrinate our children for years. Disney has gone from spotlighting prince charming to having a same-sex kiss in a Buzz Lightyear movie. As a result of that kiss, many nations blocked the film from being shown in their country. At least someone is not bombarding children with images they are too young to understand. So how did Buzz Lightyear do at the box office?

On Monday, Da Tech Guy posted some interesting numbers:

Excuses have been made for the difference–timing, covid, etc.–but Minions was released only two weeks after Buzz Lightyear. Minions faced the same challenges.

The article notes:

The general rule of thumb is a movie has to earn double its production budget in order to break even. By that metric, Lightyear needs $400 million globally to recoup its costs. Going by Pixar’s history, it should be able to cross that figure without many issues. Prior to Onward’s pandemic-shortened theatrical run, Pixar’s Toy Story 4 and Incredibles 2 both hit $1 billion. The studio’s original film Coco grossed $807 million globally. While Pixar does have some notable duds on their résumé (Cars 3 and The Good Dinosaur), it’s extremely rare for one of their films to perform poorly at the box office. Given Lightyear’s ties to the Toy Story franchise, it should prove to be a hit. Box office projections point to a modest (by Pixar standards) $70-85 million debut, but it could always surpass those expectations a la Top Gun: Maverick. It’s facing minimal competition for its target demographic.

Much of Hollywood has always had questionable morals, but they generally kept the more out-of-the-mainstream-lifestyle scandals quiet. I guess those days are over.