Not enough buzz: Lightyear has disappointing opening box-office weekend

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Pixar’s newest movie Lightyear did not go “to infinity” and beyond in its opening weekend in theaters.

The reprise of Disney’s infamous Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear grossed $51 million for second place in the weekend’s domestic box office, behind Jurassic World: Dominion.

Disney's Pixar film was reportedly expected to top the charts with a $70 million to $85 million domestic opening.

Lightyear grossed nearly $35 million overseas for a global launch of around $86 million.

In its days leading up to the theatrical opening, controversy surrounded the movie over Disney’s choice to include a same-sex kiss.

Parts of the Middle East, including the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, banned Lightyear saying it did not meet their “media content standards.”

The kiss was initially removed from the film, but it was restored after Disney employees protested the decision in the wake of Florida's Parental Rights in Education law, which critics have called the "Don't Say Gay" bill.

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