Two years ago we checked out Pixar’s top movies in the US, now with the release of Cars 3 this weekend it’s time to look at the bigger picture, worldwide.
Since we last checked with Pixar they’ve had their biggest box office miss yet in The Good Dinosaur ($332.2 million) as well as two of their most successful features, Inside Out and Finding Dory. Like I said in the intro (and the title) today we’ll be looking at worldwide box office, of course unadjusted for ticket price inflation (because that’s not a thing you can accurately do with worldwide numbers). So without further ado here are the all-time top 10 highest grossing Pixar movies worldwide.
10. Monsters, Inc. (2001) – $543.4 million
At the time of its release this was only the studio’s 4th feature, shortly after becoming their biggest hit at the box office, overtaking Toy Story 2 (13th with $497.4 million). Monsters, Inc. held that spot up until Finding Dory in the summer of 2003. Many years later Pixar released a prequel, Monsters University, which you’ll also see in this top 10.
9. Cars 2 (2011) – $562.1 million
The first Cars didn’t quite make it into this top 10, ranking 14th with $462.2 million. As far as Cars 2 goes, while The Good Dinosaur was Pixar’s first box office flop, this is definitely their first properly bad movie (and so far the only one). Fortunately I hear Cars 3 is a big step up in terms of quality.
8. Ratatouille (2007) – $620.7 million
Now you might be wondering why an absolutely outstanding animation such as this, one that actually made more money than Cars 2 still hasn’t gotten a sequel from Pixar. Apparently people don’t buy rat toys and other similar stupid merchandise for their kids. I know, right? It’s really sad but unfortunately that’s what it comes down to, Ratatouille is just not as merchandise friendly.
7. The Incredibles (2004) – $633 million
Released almost 13 years ago, The Incredibles is one of my all-time favorites from Pixar and we only need to wait one more year for the sequel to finally hit theaters. It should be interesting to watch since superhero movies weren’t nearly as big back then as they are now. Will The Incredibles 2 be $800-900 million or can it go for $1+ billion? I’m hoping for the latter but expecting the former.
6. Up (2009) – $735.1 million
Another amazing film from Pixar back when they were probably at the top of their game. Ratatouille, Wall-E and Up, 2007, 2008 and 2009, three incredible original movies released back-to-back that are probably never going to get sequels. Not that I’d ever want an Up sequel, same for Wall-E (12th with $533.3 million).
5. Monsters University (2013) – $744.2 million
Like most Pixar sequels (except of course Toy Story 2 and 3) Monsters University was good, but not quite as good as its predecessor. That didn’t stop the prequel from becoming a big hit, earning over $200 million more than the first film. For probably any other studio that would mean part 3, but not Pixar, they told their story and that’s that for Mike and Sulley.
4. Inside Out (2015) – $857.6 million
Big surprise this one, such an out there concept (even by Pixar’s standards) turned into the studio’s 3rd highest grossing movie (at the time of its release). While there’s a lot potential for additional stories in the universe of Inside Out, Pixar are currently not planning a sequel. I’m hoping that can change in the future, but at the same time as long as they concentrate on more fantastic original works such as this one, I’m good.
3. Finding Nemo (2003) – $940.3 million
For a good 7 years this was Pixar’s most successful film worldwide. Actually in the US, adjusted for ticket price inflation, Finding Nemo still is that, inching past Dory, $498 million versus $496.4 million. It helps that this is still considered among the studio’s very best.
2. Finding Dory (2016) – $1.028 billion
Of course the long-awaited sequel to one of the studio’s most beloved properties would make over $1 billion at the box office. And yes, maybe Finding Dory didn’t quite hit the same high notes Nemo did, which was always going to be extremely hard, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good movie in its own right. Now the wait begins for Finding Hank, you know you want it.
1. Toy Story 3 (2010) – $1.067 billion
For Pixar it all started with Toy Story (as far as feature length animations go) so it’s only fitting that it ends with this, Toy Story 3, after seven years still the studio’s highest grossing movie. Toy Story 4 is set to open June 21st 2019, almost exactly two years from today. I have a feeling that one will probably take the top spot from Toy Story 3.
Next for Pixar, besides Cars 3 this weekend, we have Coco later this year, November 22nd, and finally The Incredibles 2 on June 15th 2018.