'Toy Story 3' Reaches $1 Billion

by Ray Subers
Toy Story 3

August 29, 2010

On Friday, Toy Story 3 officially became the seventh movie ever to reach $1 billion at the worldwide box office. By Sunday, the animated sequel's total rose to $1.012 billion, moving past The Dark Knight to rank sixth on the all-time chart. Domestically, Toy Story 3 ranks ninth with $405.7 million, and, on the foreign-only front, it has climbed to 12th place with $606.4 million.

Toy Story 3 stands as the first animated movie ever to pass the $1 billion mark, though its foreign tally still ranks behind Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs's $690.1 million. Also, with varying international exchange rates, inflation issues and the 3D ticket price premium, it's difficult to determine exactly where Toy Story 3 would land in terms of estimated attendance. Based on the information available, it clearly still lags behind Shrek 2, Finding Nemo and The Lion King among other modern-day animated movies.

While becoming a billionaire, Toy Story 3 had another strong weekend at the foreign box office, grossing an estimated $12.7 million. It was up five percent thanks in part to first place debuts in all four Scandinavian markets (Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden) that amounted to $3.7 million. Overall, Toy Story 3's top markets have been Japan, where it ranks behind Finding Nemo as the second biggest-grossing American animation with $115 million, and the United Kingdom, where it has generated $104.7 million and is about to exceed Mamma Mia! and Titanic in local currency.

Following the success of Alice in Wonderland ($1.024 billion), Toy Story 3 marks distributor Walt Disney Pictures' second $1 billion movie of 2010. This is the first time a studio has had two $1 billion movies in a single year.

"It's been an incredible year as we saw the Pixar team bring Buzz and Woody back to the big screen and watched Tim Burton's vision for Alice in Wonderland take the world by storm," said Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios in a press release on Friday. "These box office triumphs prove that creative storytelling brought to life by imaginative, inspired and talented professionals is something audiences respond to the world over."

Toy Story 3 crossed the $1 billion mark in its 71st day in theaters, while Alice in Wonderland took 85 days to reach the milestone. By next weekend, the picture will pass Alice to move in to first place among 2010 releases and fifth place on the all-time chart. Toy Story 3 could even make a run at overtaking Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($1.066 billion) to become Disney's highest-grossing movie ever.

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