It is challenging to decide which is more impressive – Pixar’s strong track record with the quality of its films or the studio’s ability to consistently release films that are immensely successful financially. Pixar films have grossed a combined $8 billion worldwide, demonstrating the animation studio’s worldwide popularity. There was no question that Monsters University would continue to rain financial success upon Pixar this year. Just last week, the film crossed the $700 million mark, making it the studio’s fourth highest grossing film worldwide.
Monsters University crossed $700 million last Thursday (via THR) and also became the fourth biggest film of the year, behind Iron Man 3, Despicable Me 2, and Fast & Furious 6. Becoming the 14th straight hit from Pixar extends the studio’s impressive streak which started in 1995 with the release of Toy Story. Amid higher ticket prices and a bevy of huge financial disasters, it is mind-blowing that Pixar films have yet to falter at the box office. Other animated films released this year, such as Epic and Turbo, failed to connect with audiences and were ultimately seen as failures. Pixar has become the most recognizable brand among movie studios, built upon years of great films, and is one of the biggest reasons why each of the studio’s films have been successful.
Unadjusted for inflation, Monsters University has landed in the fourth spot in Pixar’s catalog of films, sitting behind Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo, and Up (via Box Office Mojo). With the box office run for the 2013 film winding down, it will likely remain just short of passing Up.
Eyes now turn towards the film’s release on Blu-ray and DVD, with the home entertainment sets scheduled to arrive on October 29. Pre-order your copy today!