Disney-Blue Sky’s Spies in Disguise launched in U.S. theaters with an estimated $22 million over the 5-day holiday weekend, good for fifth place. The film opened in its anticipated range.
The Troy Quane and Nick Bruno-directed film is the Walt Disney Company’s fourth major animated feature release of the year (the others were Toy Story 4, The Lion King, and Frozen II). Though the film is a Disney Company release, it was produced by Fox Animation and inherited by Disney earlier this year after they bought 21st Century Fox’s assets.
After recent box office disasters like Arctic Dogs and Playmobil: The Movie, Spies in Disguise represents a bounce back for the all-ages family animation genre. Still, compared to the Blue Sky’s past glories, Spies in Disguise is near the bottom of the pack. If its estimated three-day total of $13.2 million holds when final numbers are released, it will become the studio’s lowest-opening film among its 13 releases (the current lowest-grosser is Blue Sky’s 2017 film Ferdinand which launched with $13.4 million).