Sunday 21 January 2018

Toy Story 3 a hit at the box office

Woody and his pals have proved a box office hit in the US
Woody and his pals have proved a box office hit in the US

Movie fans have not outgrown the Toy Story 3 gang - with the latest Disney Pixar film shooting to the top of the US box office chart in its first weekend.

The animated sequel about toys that come to life leaped to the No 1 spot with a 109 million dollar opening weekend, according to studio estimates.

Toy Story 3 became the third animated film to top 100 million doallrs in its first weekend, joining Shrek The Third at 121.6 million dollars and Shrek 2 at 108 million dollars.

It was by far the best debut for a Pixar Animation film, topping The Incredibles at 70.5 million dollars.

Reuniting voice stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, the movie has Woody the cowboy, Buzz Lightyear and their toy pals facing their mortality, worried they will end up on the scrap heap now that their kid Andy has grown up.

"Whether you're a kid or a parent, you always come to a fork in the road where you make the decision of what to do about your toys. Therein lies the appeal of the movie," said Chuck Viane, head of distribution for Disney.

That, and the fact that Woody, Buzz and the gang have become like family to Toy Story fans, he said.

"Somehow these characters have worked their way in. When you go there, you can see the audience is vested in the movie from the start. It doesn't take any time to warm up. The minute it hits the screen, they're in," Viane said.

The weekend's other big new release, the Warner Bros action tale Jonah Hex, bombed with just 5.1 million dollars.

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