After debuting with the largest opening weekend ever for an animated feature, Toy Story 3 has officially overtaken Finding Nemo to become Pixar’s most successful film ever in the US and Canda. The box office gross of about $2.8 million for Monday, Jul 12 brings the total gross for the new entry in the Toy Story franchise to an astounding $342 million, enough to pass Finding Nemo‘s $339.7 million.
Toy Story 3 has held up remarkably well over the past month, thriving on the strong word-of-mouth for the film as well as the nearly unanimous critical praise. It has always been difficult for films to capture both adoration from critics and audiences, but it has become common for Pixar.
The release of Toy Story 3 into theaters came almost 15 years after the first Toy Story, which pioneered the full-length computer animated genre. Not only has Pixar revolutionized animated films, demonstrating that a computer animated feature can make grown adults cry, the wildly successful studio has also consistenly delivered box office hits. Each Pixar release has debuted at the number one spot at the North American box office, a streak unheard of in Hollywood.
Worldwide, Toy Story 3 has also been a success story, with the film still debuting in many large markets in the coming months. The new film has yet to debut in the United Kingdom, which is predicted to be one of its biggest markets. The next target for Toy Story 3? Finding Nemo‘s worldwide gross of $867.9 million.
Source: Box Office Mojo