The fourth instalment in the beloved Disney Pixar franchise has broken the UK opening record for an animated movie.
Toy Story 4, the long-awaited fourth film in the animated franchise, has broken global box office records for an animated movie. It earned $238m (£187m) since opening worldwide over the weekend, performing particularly well in Latin America and Europe.
The film also set a UK record, opening with $15m (£12m) for the three days, the highest ever for an animation, and currently ranks as the fourth-biggest US opening for an animated movie behind Incredibles 2, Finding Dory and Shrek the Third. It’s also only the third film in 2019 to pass $100m during its opening weekend in the US. The other two, Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, are also Disney releases.
The new movie comes 24 years after the first film was released and went on to make $395m (£310m) at the global box office. The new film – which sees Woody, Buzz and the gang joined by a new homemade toy called Forky – has been warmly reviewed with a 98% fresh rating on critical aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
Other new toys in the film include doll Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks), Bunny and Ducky (Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key) and stunt motorbike rider Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves).
The release of the movie has sent sales of Toy Story 4 toys soaring, with some making appearances across a number of popular TV programmes. Thinkway Toys’ Fall Down Buzz and Woody, which are distributed in the UK by MTW Toys, featured on BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show along with Tom Hanks (the voice of Sheriff Woody), where they entertained viewers with their innovative fall-down technology.