When Does ‘Lightyear’ Come Out on Streaming?

When does Lightyear come out on streaming? The good news is you won’t have to wait long for the Toy Story spinoff to premiere on Disney+!

Pixar Animation Studios’ latest film debuted on June 17, 2022. And in its opening weekend, the film grossed $51 million domestically, and over $85 million worldwide. And while critics loved the movie, it wasn’t enough to sway audiences away from this weekend’s winner, Jurassic World: Dominion, which took home the top spot for the second weekend in a row. 

Lightyear finished in second for its opening weekend. Worldwide numbers may have been impacted by the fact the film is not allowed to play in several countries due a scene that features a same-sex kiss. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Malaysia, and Indonesia have opted out of screening the film. And while these are big markets for films such as Lightyear, it’s also likely that the film will be banned in China, as Disney has refused to cut the scene from the film.

The film is a sci-fi action adventure that tells the origin story of Buzz Lightyear. In fact, we learn at the beginning of the film, that this was the film that the character, Andy, saw in 1995’s Toy Story that made him a fan of Buzz. In this tale, we follow Lightyear (voiced by Chris Evans) an intergalactic adventure alongside a group of ambitious recruits (voices of Keke Palmer, Dale Soules and Taika Waititi), and his robot companion Sox (voice of Peter Sohn). 


When Will Lightyear Come Out on Streaming?

The new good news is that Lightyear will debut on Disney+ this summer!

Disney has been giving their films a 45-day run in theaters before debuting them on Disney+. So fans can expect the film to begin streaming around Sunday, July 31, or the week of Monday, August 1, according to Digital Spy.

Buzz Lightyear

“If Lightyear can be huge on Disney+, that may be more important to the Walt Disney Company than its actual box office,” analyst Rich Greenfield says in an interview with Vulture. To be a success at the box office, it has to probably generate $700 million to $1 billion. On the flip side, if Lightyear can become a breakout hit like Encanto on Disney+, the box office doesn’t matter.”

If you’re wondering why Lightyear didn’t immediately start streaming, as Pixar’s last three movies did, including Soul, Luca, and Turning Red, these movies have always been meant for the big screen, but the last two years have created a challenge for Hollywood – and an opportunity for streaming platform such as Disney+.

“We don’t want to be a title just on Disney+,” an unnamedPixar employee told Business Insider last year. “These movies are crafted for the big screen. We want you to watch these movies with no distractions, no looking at your phones.”

Have you seen Lightyear? We’d love to hear your thoughts on the film in the comment section below!


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