‘Toy Story 4’ is headed for a massive opening at the box office, but could fall short of breaking the record held by ‘Incredibles 2’

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  • “Toy Story 4” is expected to energize a lacklustre summer box office with a massive opening weekend.
  • Experts are projecting the Pixar movie to open between $US140 million and $US170 million domestically.
  • But that would fall short of breaking the record for the biggest animated opening ever, which belongs to “Incredibles 2.”
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It’s been a lacklustre summer at the box office thanks to a spree of sequel flops, but, once again, Disney is prepared to give the box office a boost with “Toy Story 4.”

The movie is projected to have a massive opening when it comes to 4,575 theatres this weekend. That’s the second-widest opening ever behind “Avengers: Endgame,” according to Box Office Mojo, which is projecting it to open with $US165 million.

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Boxoffice.com is projecting a more conservative $US149 million. Chief analyst Shawn Robbins wrote that the movie will “benefit from some of the most potent goodwill any animated franchise (or otherwise, for that matter) has ever built up across a handful of films in a quarter-century’s time.”

One disadvantage though, according to Robbins, is that “Toy Story 4” is not opening on Father’s Day weekend like past Pixar releases, including “Incredibles 2,” so it won’t get that holiday boost on Sunday.

Last year’s “Incredibles 2” holds the record for the biggest opening weekend ever for an animated movie with $US183 million. “Toy Story 4” is expected to fall short of breaking that record, but will likely pass “Finding Dory” as the second-biggest animated opening.

“Toy Story 4” raked in $US12 million in Thursday previews, the second-best Thursday night for an animated movie, according to Deadline. “Incredibles 2” earned $US18.5 million in preview screenings.