Tim Allen has to feel kind of good to see that “Lightyear” flopped with Chris Evans who replaced him.
Last week, we reported on the backlash over Disney replacing Tim Allen, who originated the role of Buzz Lightyear, with Chris Evans in the new movie Lightyear. Now, Allen is getting the last laugh, as Lightyear has flopped at the box office after it came out on Friday.
Though experts had expected Lightyear to make $70 to eighty five dollar million domestically, it only made a measly $51 million across the U.S. and Canada, according to NBC News. In contrast, Toy Story four made $120.9 million in its opening weekend when it came out in June of 2019.
Variety reported that Lightyear wasn’t even able to beat Jurassic World: Dominion, which was the top movie of the weekend, making $58.6 million in North America. The production value of Lightyear was two hundred dollar million before marketing, so it has quite a ways to go before it even breaks even.
This came after Disney replaced Allen, who has been open about his conservative views in the past, with the “woke” leftwing star Chris Evans in the role of Buzz Lightyear. The film’s director Angus MacLane had previously tried to defend this recasting.
“Tim’s version of Buzz is a little goofier and is a little dumber, and so he is the comic relief,” he said, according to Cinema Blend. “In this film, Buzz is the action hero. He’s serious and ambitious and funny, but not in a goofy way that would undercut the drama. Chris Evans has the gravitas and that movie-star quality that our character needed to separate” him and the movie from Tim’s version of the toy in Toy Story.”