Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, directed by Peter Sohn, launched in the two spot, with an estimated $39.2 million over the three-day weekend, and $55.6M over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday.
The three-day total represents the weakest launch for a Pixar film since their second movie, A Bug’s Life, in 1998. Adjusted for inflation, Good Dinosaur is the weakest launch — and smallest audience — ever for a Pixar film. The underwhelming debut comes after claims by industry trades that the film was tracking for a higher debut than Inside Out.
The argument could be made that the weekend was soft due to the extended holiday debut, but that wouldn’t be accurate either. When comparing Good Dino’s five-day total versus the three-day totals of other Pixar launches, the film still ranks 13th among 16 Pixar releases, and more tellingly, when adjusted for inflation, the film’s five-day total ranks as the weakest Pixar launch ever against every three-day weekend.