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‘Elemental’: New Pixar Film Flops, Ranks Among Lowest Ever Box Office Debuts Of The Studio

‘Elemental’ is an American animated romantic comedy-drama film which was produced by Pixar Animation Studios in association with Walt Disney Pictures. The studios were aiming for this beautiful film about over-coming differences, to cover for the loss caused by ‘Lightyear’, the origin story of Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear, that flopped in 2022. Unfortunately, this new film ended up being an even bigger let down in terms of box office revenues.

How much did Pixar’s ‘Elemental’ open for?

‘Elemental’ has currently only opened in three major international markets and plans to expand to other countries in the coming weeks. Keeping this in mind, the opening figure for the United States and Canada fell “shy of box office forecasts” and somehow ended up being ranked even lower than ‘Lightyear’, which is one of the lowest ever positions for a film from Pixar. The opening figure for ‘Elemental’ was a disappointing $29.5 million. With a staggering $200 million as it’s budget, we can without hesitation call this film a flop. Disney has fired over 7,000 employees in hopes to cut costs, and might even need to lay off more workers with this horrible box office turnout.

What is ‘Elemental’ about?

Pixar’s ‘Elemental’ follows ‘Ember Lumen’ (voiced by Leah Lewis) and ‘Wade Ripple’ (voiced by Mamoudou Athie), [Fire and Water] who create an unexpected friendship in Element City where Fire, Water, Earth and Air characters live together. It is a story about overcoming differences and finding love. A part of the description for this movie reads that a “fiery young woman and a go-with-the-flow guy discover something elemental: how much they actually have in common.” Apparently, this is somewhat based on director Peter Sohn’s relationship with his Italian-American wife, which he initially had to hide from his parents. ‘Elemental’ also features Ronnie del Carmen as ‘Bernie Lumen’ and Shila Ommi as ‘Cinder Lumen’. It was expected to be a wide hit, but ended up being quite the complete opposite.