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. [Read more…]
With the coming of the new entry in the Twilight Saga, it was inevitable that Toy Story 3 would not be able to hold onto the number one spot at the box office for a third straight weekend. However, even with increased competition from Eclipse and The Last Airbender, the new Toy Story film had a $10.4 million take in North America on Friday, July 2, a drop of 42% from the previous Friday. That brings the total North American box office gross for Toy Story 3 to $269.3 million.
This weekend also happens to be a holiday weekend in the United States, as its Independence Day falls on Sunday, July 4. Many businesses will also be closed on Monday, extending the holiday weekend by another day, allowing more families to hit movie theaters. Come Monday, Toy Story 3 may become Pixar’s second film to cross the $300 million mark. The studio’s first film to do so? Finding Nemo ultimately grossed $339.7 million in North America, puting Toy Story 3 on track to take the title of Pixar’s biggest film.
For the second straight weekend, Toy Story 3 grabbed the top spot at the North American box office, grossing an estimated $59 million across the three days spanning June 25-27. Its total gross in the US and Canada now stands at $226.6 million.
After 10 days in theaters, Pixar’s newest critical darling has already become one of the top grossers of the year, standing at number four. The only films released this year that brought in more money in North America are Alice in Wonderland ($334 million), Iron Man 2 (currently at $306 million), and Shrek Forever After (currently at $227 million).
This weekend’s new releases, Grown Ups (estimated $41 million) and Knight and Day (estimated $20.5 million) debuted in the number two and three spots, respectively. Coming in at number four, The Karate Kid grossed an additional estimated $15.4 million to bring its total gross up to $135.6 million after three weekends of release.
Toy Story 3‘s second weekend at the box office had a drop of about 47% from its opening weekend gross of $110 million. Many films that open in the $100 million range tend to drop over 50% in their next weekend. Just this year, Iron Man 2 dropped almost 60% in its second weekend after an opening weekend of $128 million. This shows some momentum for Toy Story 3 as it tries to become Pixar’s highest grossing film. Finding Nemo became the studio’s number one film at the North American box office after being released in 2003, with a total of $339.7 million. If Toy Story 3 continues at this rate, it may have a chance.
Source : Box Office Mojo
In addition to the 110.3 million Toy Story 3 earned in ticket sales in the US and Canada, the new Pixar film also generated about $44.8 million at the international box office. Overseas, the film opened in 15 countries. There are many large international markets that have yet to see its release, including the UK, which will see Toy Story 3 released in late July.
More numbers are also emerging about the US and Canadian box office this past weekend (June 18-20). Toy Story 3 amassed $4 million from midnight screenings in the very early hours on Friday morning. The franchise debuted in 1995, when Pixar released the original Toy Story. That is a fifteen-year difference between the first and third entries, allowing a growth of a large fan base of adults who grew up with the films, and children who loved seeing the toys again. Eleven years of anticipation for the return of Andy’s toys to the movie theaters likely increased the popularity of midnight showings for the film.
The 110.3 million made by Toy Story 3 is also the most ever during this weekend in June.
Update: Changed the estimated weekend to totals to actual ($110.3 million)
Source: LA Times
Pixar scored its biggest opening weekend (stretching from June 18-20) with an estimted $109 million [Update: Actual total is $110.3 million] for Toy Story 3. The animation studio’s prior largest weekend belonged to The Incredibles, which opened to $70.5 million in May of 2004. Toy Story 3, which was directed by Lee Unkrich, also had an opening day total of about $41 million, the most an animated film has made on its first day of release. The new adventure of Woody and the other toys has been receiving almost universal critical acclaim, with a current Tomatometer rating of 99% on the popular Rotten Tomatoes site.
With Toy Story 3, Pixar’s streak of 10 straight films debuting in first place at the weekend box office turned into 11 straight films. How does Pixar’s opening weekend for its new release stack up against the studio’s earlier releases? Here are their 11 films ranked according to the films’ opening weekend intake. It is important to note that these films are NOT adjusted for inflation, so many of the older films would be higher on the list with today’s higher ticket prices:
- Toy Story 3 (June 2010) – $110,307,189
- The Incredibles (Nov. 2004) – $70,467,623
- Finding Nemo (June 2003) – $70,251,710
- Up (May 2009) – $68,108,790
- WALL-E (June 2008) -$63,087,526
- Cars (June 2006) – $60,119,509
- Monsters, Inc. (Nov. 2001) – $62,577,067
- Toy Story 2 (Nov. 1999) – $57,388,839
- Ratatouille (July 2007) – $47,027,395
- A Bug’s Life (Nov. 1998) – $33,258,052
- Toy Story (Nov. 1995) – $29,140,617
Coming in next at the weekend box office was Karate Kid with an esimated $29 million and A-Team with about $13.8 million. The weekend’s other big release, Jonah Hex failed to bring in many moviegoers, accumulating just under $5.1 million in ticket sales. Cyrus, which was given a limited release, made $180,300.
On the horizon for Pixar is Cars 2, which has a current release date in June of 2011. Can they make it 12 straight?
UPDATE: Updated opening weekend total to actual amount of $110.3 million.
Source: Box Office Mojo
Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 made its way into theaters on Friday, June 18, and boasted $41 million in ticket sales in North America. It is the biggest opening ever for an animated film. The former record was held by Shrek The Third, which brought Dreamworks $38.4 million when it was released in May of 2007.
The newest entry in the Toy Story franchise is currently playing in 4,025 theaters, which is also the most amount of theaters a Pixar film has debuted with. Pixar has never before crossed the $100 million mark for an opening weekend, but that will most likely end this weekend.
It has been almost 11 years since the original Toy Story came out in theaters, but it seems as if the passing time only built anticipation for the return of Woody, Buzz, and Andy’s other toys. In the past few months, Disney and Pixar have relentlessly marketed the new film, employing social networking sites and viral marketing to build buzz before its release. In April, “cliffhanger screenings” were screened for college students, where all but the final 20 minutes were shown, leaving them anxious for more. The innovative commercial campaign looks like it has paid off, as the final weekend total for the film may reach $120 million.
The other new releases for the weekend barely made a dent, as Jonah Hex made $1.96 million on Friday, and Cyrus, which was only released into 4 theaters, made $52,211.
Stay tuned for more updates as we find out more.
Toy Story 3 was already looking like it would be the biggest movie of the summer, but with the excellent reviews that it has been garnering over the past few days, there will not be many other releases standing in its way. In this season where schools let out and a warm temperature fills the air (in most parts of the country, anyway), film studios try to top one another with blockbusters containing non-stop action. Leave it to Pixar to come and shake that up, which they did similarly last year with the heart-tugging Up.
According to CNN, Fandango has been reporting a large increase in interest for the new Toy Story film. Of the ticket sales being made on the ticketing website, 67% have been early tickets for Toy Story 3, far outpacing all other films. The closest contender is the new addition to the Twilight Saga.
Once Toy Story 3 has been released, and word-of-mouth starts to build, I would expect that 67% to possibly rise to an ever higher number in the coming days. Look for the film to be a box-office mainstay throughout the summer.
The release date for Toy Story 3 has been set for months, but now that it comes out tomorrow, June 18th, it’s all a bit surreal.