Pixar is without a doubt the most successful animation studio world wide. If their first film Toy Story (way back in 1995) is anything to go by, then boy have they been successful. Toy Story opened the floodgates for the company and propelled them into a future as bright as can be. They’ve managed to rack-up no less than twenty-six Academy Awards, five Golden Globes and three Grammys.
Executive producer and Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs stated just before the release of Toy Story:
“If Toy Story is a modest hit—say $75 million at the box office—we’ll [Pixar and Disney] both break even. If it gets $100 million, we’ll both make money. But if it’s a real blockbuster and earns $200 million or so at the box office, we’ll make good money, and Disney will make a lot of money.”
Toy Story managed to gross more than $350 million worldwide. The Walt Disney Company bought Pixar in 2006 at a valuation of $7.4 billion, a transaction which made Jobs Disney’s largest shareholder.
Lets have a look at Pixar Top 10 Highest Grossing Movies To Date (Ticket Price Inflation not calculated):
1. Toy Story 3 (2010) – $1,063,171,911
People love the story of Woody and Buzz Light year. Toy Story 3 is their highest grossing movie to date.
+ Foreign: $648,167,031
= Worldwide: $1,063,171,911
2. Finding Nemo (2003) – $921,743,261
The beloved Nemo and Dory was another huge success. The sequel has been announced by Ellen Degeneres (the voice of Dory) called Finding Dory.
+ Foreign: $540,900,000
= Worldwide: $921,743,261
3. Up (2009) – $731,342,744
This is the surprise hit for us, not one of our favourites, but the tale of the elderly widower Carl Fredricksen and an earnest young Wilderness Explorer named Russell was another huge hit for Pixar.
Domestic: $293,004,164 40.1%
+ Foreign: $438,338,580 59.9%
= Worldwide: $731,342,744
4. The Incredibles (2004) – $631,442,092
The world has been yearning for a sequel to The Incredibles. We’re not so sure if this is such a good idea. The family of superheroes living a quiet suburban life, forced to hide their powers. When father Bob Parr’s yearning for his glory days and desire to help people drags him into battle with an evil villain and his killer robot, the entire Parr family is forced into action to save the world.
+ Foreign: $370,001,000
= Worldwide: $631,442,092
5. Ratatouille (2007) – $623,722,818
This movie starts Remy the anthropomorphic rat who is interested in cooking; Linguini, a young garbage boy who befriends Remy;Skinner the head chef of Auguste Gusteau’s restaurant and Janeane Garofalo as Colette.
+ Foreign: $417,277,164
= Worldwide: $623,722,818
6. Cars 2 (2011) – $559,852,396
The film is the sequel to the 2006 film Cars. In the film, race car Lightning McQueen and tow truck Mater head to Japan and Europe to compete in the World Grand Prix, but Mater becomes sidetracked with international espionage.
+ Foreign: $368,400,000
= Worldwide: $559,852,396
7. Brave (2012) – $538,788,207
To make the most complex visuals possible, Pixar completely rewrote their animation system for the first time in 25 years. It is the first film to use the Dolby Atmos sound format. In the film, set in the Scottish Highlands, a skilled archer named Merida defies an age-old custom, causing chaos in her kingdom. After consulting a witch for help, Merida accidentally transforms her mother into a bear and is forced to undo the spell herself before it is too late.
+ Foreign: $301,505,000
= Worldwide: $538,788,207
8. Monsters, Inc. – $562,816,256
The film tells the story of two monsters who work for a company named Monsters, Inc.: top scarer James P. Sullivan —known as “Sulley”—and his one-eyed assistant and best friend, Mike Wazowski. Monsters generate their city’s power by scaring children, but they are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children, so when one enters Monstropolis, Sulley finds his world disrupted.
+ Foreign: $272,900,000
= Worldwide: $562,816,256
9. Wall-E (2008) – $521,311,860
The beloved little robot that captured the hearts of everyone. The story follows a robot named WALL-E, who is designed to clean up a waste-covered Earth far in the future. He falls in love with another robot named EVE, who also has a programmed task, and follows her into outer space on an adventure that changes the destiny of both his kind and humanity. Both robots exhibit an appearance of free will and emotions similar to humans, which develop further as the film progresses.
Domestic: $223,808,164 42.9%
+ Foreign: $297,503,696 57.1%
= Worldwide: $521,311,860
10. Toy Story 2 (1999) – $485,015,179
In the film, Woody is stolen by a toy collector, prompting Buzz Lightyear and his friends vowing to rescue him. However, Woody finds the idea of immortality in a museum tempting. The film returns many of the original characters and voices from Toy Story and introduces several new characters, including Jessie, Barbie, and Mrs. Potato Head.
+ Foreign: $239,163,000
= Worldwide: $485,015,179