‘Toy Story 4’ easily opens at No. 1 although $118 million domestic debut misses high expectations

Walt Disney Co.’s “Toy Story 4,” the strongly reviewed latest installment in the studio’s popular franchise, opened to a healthy $118 million in the U.S. and Canada, leading the weekend’s domestic box office.

Still, its estimated gross missed the robust haul that many analysts were projecting, with some estimates closer to $135 million as the film was played in 4,575 North American theaters.

An $120 million start at the international box office, however, boosts the overall traffic picture for the studio DIS, -1.26% .

The domestic result only slightly improves upon the $110 million debut of “Toy Story 3” in 2010, the Wall Street Journal said.

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