In its opening weekend, the double feature 3-D version of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 met with mild box office success by achieving an estimated $12.5 million dollars in weekend box office receipts. While not blockbuster results, it was enough to garner the Disney-Pixar flicks the number three spot for the weekend.
Coming in ahead of Toy Story was Zombieland which premiered at number one with $25 million in sales. Number two place went to the Sony Animation pic, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs which has been out for a couple of weeks.
Toy Story initially premiered in 2-D in 1995. It garnered over $29 million itself in its opening weekend and went on to take in an estimated $361 million during its run. The storyline features a toy cowboy called Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) that feels threatened by a new spaceman toy known as Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen) that his owner just received as a birthday gift.
The 1999 Toy Story 2 would blast past its predecessor to rake in $485 million worldwide. In this flick, Woody is stolen and a rescue mission is initiated by Buzz and the rest of the toys.
Both were re-mastered with 3-D affects added for this double feature release. It is, in a way, a promotional vehicle to advertise Toy Story 3 which is due out next summer, also in 3-D.
With a release date of June 18, 2010, the third incarnation is poised to become another summer blockbuster for the Disney-Pixar team which has performed so well in the past. Its most recent offering is “Up” which premiered in May and has racked up over $457 million worldwide so far.