'Toy Story 4' opens below expectations with 18M weekend

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'Toy Story 4' opens below expectations with 18M weekend
Tom Hanks, left, poses with his character Woody as he arrives at the world premiere of "Toy Story 4" on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at the El Capitan in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” brought the box office to life after a three-week sequels slump, but its 18 million debut came in below industry expectations.

The “Toy Story 4” debut still ranks as the fourth highest animated film opening ever, not accounting for inflation. But heading into the weekend, a 40-150 million opening had seemed assured for “Toy Story 4.”

Adjusted for inflation, the film was shy of the 10.3 million — or about 29 million in today’s dollars — “Toy Story 3” made nine years ago.

The opening for “Toy Story 4” followed a string of underperforming sequels including “Dark Phoenix,” ”Godzilla: King of the Monsters” and “Men in Black: International.” But “Toy Story 4” had something those films didn’t: great reviews. It rates 98% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.