Light year underperformed in its opening weekend at the box office. That’s surprising given Pixar’s track record of animated movies that generally do well. From sequels to acclaimed original films, Pixar has a reputation for creating quality films that also achieve box office success.
Pixar has many Oscars to its name, but also billions of dollars. While there are definitely some hiccups here and there, Pixar is one of the most successful animation studios of all time.
Here are the 5 most successful Pixar movies at the box office
5. Finding Nemo
The world of Nemo is the only non-sequel to make it onto this list. The Pixar film grossed $380 million domestically and $936 million overall at the worldwide box office, according to thenumbers.com. The world of Nemo centers on the clownfish family of Marlin (Albert Brooks) and his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould). After Nemo is taken, Marlin sets off on a journey across the ocean to find his son with the help of Dory (Ellen Degeneres)
The world of Nemo excelled at the box office thanks to its incredible word-of-mouth. It’s a heartwarming story that’s not only creative in concept, but delivers an important message to children and parents alike. Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive and it is still considered one of Pixar’s finest achievements.
4. Finding Dory
Finding Dory takes viewers back to the ocean with characters from the first film. This time, Dory searches for her parents and finds herself stuck in an aquarium. New cast additions include Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, Kaitlin Olson and Idris Elba.
While reviews for Finding Dory weren’t as good as the first one, fans were looking forward to this sequel and the box office returns proved it. This Pixar sequel grossed $486 million domestically and $1.03 billion at the worldwide box office. A Finding Nemo 3 hasn’t been confirmed, but the box office shows there’s an audience that would go see it.
3. Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3 continued the story of Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and the rest of the toy story crew. Andy heads off to college and has pretty much stopped playing with their toys. After being accidentally donated to daycare, the toys must choose between a new life to play with the kids or stay loyal to Andy.
Toy Story 3 received incredible reviews, but anyway many wanted to go see these characters after an 11-year gap between toy story 2. The film earned $415 million domestically and a total worldwide gross of $1.068 billion. This gigantic success finally led to the green light of toy story 4.
2. Toy Story 4
Toy Story 3 was a perfect ending for this franchise, so many people were skeptical about toy story 4. However, that didn’t stop them from going to see this movie. Fortunately, toy story 4 is a worthy addition to this franchise that remains near perfect. This chapter sees Woody reunite with Bo Peep (Annie Potts) and a whole new cast of characters like Duke Kaboom (Keanu Reeves), Forky (Tony Hale), Ducky (Keegan-Michael Key), and Bunny (Jordan Peele).
toy story 4 made $434 million domestically and a total worldwide gross of $1.073 billion. Pixar definitely wanted to bank on the popularity of toy story with Light yearbut that may not be the case.
1. The Incredibles 2
No Pixar sequel was more anticipated than this sequel to the 2004 superhero film. Incredibles 2 is the next chapter in the Parr family that lets Elastigirl (Helen Hunt) take center stage. At home, Bob (Craig T. Nelson) tries to figure out how to control their baby, Jack-Jack, who has recently developed a series of superpowers.
Incredibles 2 is Pixar’s most successful film to date. At the box office, Incredibles 2 $608 million domestic and an international total of $1.2 billion. It’s possible that this box office success for Pixar may never be topped, unless Pixar wants to pull the trigger on a Incredibles 3.
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