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'Toy Story 4's' softer-than-expected opening delivers limited box office relief

LOS ANGELES - Dolls ruled the weekend as "Toy Story 4" and "Child's Play" revived the box office after a three-week-long slump, but overall numbers continue to lag behind last year.

Disney and Pixar's latest entry in the two-decade-spanning "Toy Story" franchise raked in $118 million, well below studio predictions of $140 million to $150 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.

Internationally, the film earned $120 million for a global cumulative of $238 million.

"This is a huge debut," said

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