A couple of days ago we reported that this summer’s Toy Story 3 had become the highest grossing Pixar film ever produced but the buck doesn’t stop there. According to EW, Buzz and Woody had to take it a step further beyond their studio. Toy Story 3 has annihilated the record books and moved on to world domination. It’s now been named the highest grossing animated film of all time — period!
Toy Story 3 has earned a record breaking $920 million in worldwide box office receipts surpassing the previous animated champ, Shrek 2 from 2004 ($919 million). The film is expected to surpass the $400 million domestic mark this weekend, which will make it the second Disney film to do so. Internally, Toy Story 3 may have the top spot when it comes to Pixar but for their parent company (Disney) it’s only the fourth-most successful film in their history (including live action movies).
In a statement released earlier today, Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, said:
“In 1995, the talented team at Pixar introduced a cowboy, a space ranger and their friends who have gone on to become some of the most beloved characters in the world. The success of Toy Story is due to the tremendously creative and innovative team at Pixar, led by John Lasseter and Ed Catmull, and our incredible marketing and distribution teams around the world. In Toy Story 3, director Lee Unkrich, producer Darla Anderson and the incredible team at Pixar have given audiences a film that continued the rich storytelling and character building that have become synonymous with every Pixar release.”
Due to the positive critical response and the increase in ticket sales (including 3D spikes), I’m not surprised that the movie has found itself on top of the animation heap. It might be a while before we see another movie that has enough appeal to kick it down a notch. Look what happened with Shrek 2? Six years went by before another film came along that was good enough to take its spot and Toy Story 3 might hold on to it even longer.
What do you think of Toy Story 3 being named the highest grossing animated film of all time? Is it well deserved?
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