After two and a half years without a Disney/Pixar film in theaters, the release of “Lightyear”, a spin off from Toy Story criticized for showing a lesbian kiss, was one of the most disappointing for the company in several years.
The disappointing start came after controversy over Disney’s decision to include a kiss between a lesbian couple in the film.
Lightyear, which had a budget of $200 million, opened June 17 in 4,255 theaters in the United States and 43 markets overseas. However, 14 Muslim-majority countries banned the film from showing in their theaters because the film included a lesbian kiss.
It is also unlikely that the spin off opens in China, which has become the biggest box office in the world since 2021.
According to the website Deadline, Lightyear made $51 million in the United States in the first three days of its release, a very low figure considering that projections were for between $70 million and $100 million when it was released. opening weekend.
“Given that this IP was built on the foundation of the Toy Story brand, it is clear that many expected much more. Overall, Lightyear was down on its global start: it got $85.6 million versus the high estimate of $135 million we announced,” he said.
The spin off from Toy Story started in second place, behind Jurassic World: Dominion, which reached $57 million in its second week of release.
It would be the second time in Pixar’s filmography that they started in second place at the box office. The first was 2015’s “A Great Dinosaur,” which only grossed $39.1 million in its opening weekend and was a huge box office flop.
“Lightyear” was at the center of controversy for several months before its premiere because it was warned about content supporting a lesbian relationship. Many parents, as well as pro-family officials and associations, rejected the film and announced that they would not take their children to see it.
Family Ecuador rejected Lightyear’s screening, calling the film an “ideological attack”.
Martha Villafuerte, president of Familia Ecuador, asked: “Do we agree that we disagree with the level of aggressive and saturated indoctrination in children’s films lately?”
“The fear of expressing it so as not to be attacked as ‘homophobic’ is outrageous. It is not a film ‘suitable for all audiences'”, criticized Villafuerte on his social networks.
Giuliana Calambrogio, a Peruvian mother of 8 children and holder of a master’s degree in marriage and family from the University of Navarre, told ACI Prensa that “above all, the innocence of children must be protected”.
In addition, he asked not to put minors “in situations in which they will have a conflict between what is natural and situations in which, although they occur, they are not part of the common”.
“A child between 4 and 6 years old is at the age of imaginary thinking, believes in unicorns, fairies, Santa Claus,” he said.
“For this reason, some take advantage of this age to introduce the idea of gender, of homosexuality, and try to normalize it,” he criticized.
According to Dominican priest Fray Nelson Medina, Lightyear’s blind defense is “one more episode of a massive, now global campaign that seeks to progressively and irreversibly limit the rights of parents to make the decisions that belong to them through justice. natural on the education of their children”.
The priest told ACI Prensa that imposing “dogmas on how they want us all to understand human sexuality, and imposing their hegemony on the minds of children, marginalizing and penalizing parents in the process “.
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