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‘Inside Out 2’ Breaks Pixar’s All-Time World Record

By meerna Jul11,2024
‘Inside Out 2’ Breaks Pixar’s All-Time World Record

Pixar likely felt some joy on Wednesday as “Inside Out 2” became the studio’s biggest-ever animated film worldwide, surpassing 2018’s powerhouse “Incredibles 2” to set a record.

The new film, which opened over the weekend of June 14, has topped $1.251 billion in global ticket sales through Tuesday, according to multiple reports. That total dethroned “Incredibles 2,” which held the studio record with $1.243 billion, based on numbers not adjusted for inflation.

Now, “Inside Out 2” has its eyes on another record — the highest-grossing animated film of all time. It currently sits behind Disney’s original “Frozen” ($1.285 billion), Illumination and Universal’s “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” ($1.361 billion) and Disney’s “Frozen II” ($1.453 billion).

The film could outdo “Frozen” and “Super Mario,” though it’s unclear whether it’ll take the crown. The film has earned $48 million in South Korea, which could be a sign of how it will fare in Japan, where it has yet to open, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“Inside Out 2,” a sequel to the 2015 film about a young girl named Riley and her emotions, which are seen as characters helping her make decisions, grossed $155 million in its first weekend in the U.S., exceeding expectations. According to Disney, after two weekends it became the highest-grossing film of 2024 worldwide.

Pixar’s latest hit isn’t the only animated film to do well in theaters this summer. Universal and Illumination’s “Despicable Me 4” has earned more than $240 million since its June 30 release, promising yet another family-friendly film to draw in audiences. Both were released during the school summer break, with scorching temperatures still lingering in parts of the country.

“Inside Out 2” was a critical success. The film currently holds a 91 percent critics’ rating and a 96 percent audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and an “A” on CinemaScore, which calculates ratings based on audience reactions to films shortly after their release. The film continues to spark conversations about how people deal with their emotions, what puberty and angst look like for teenagers, and how adults deal with emotions like sadness, joy, and nostalgia (all of which become characters in the film).

The deep run for “Inside Out 2” is good news for Pixar, which has struggled with its own box office releases. “Onward” struggled to recover in 2020 as theaters closed due to the pandemic. Pixar’s “Elemental,” which hit theaters in 2023, had one of the lowest box office openings in the company’s history (though it has rebounded slightly over time). “Lightyear,” a spin-off from the “Toy Story” franchise, also failed to impress critics.

Pixar has been teasing a renewed focus on successful franchises as part of its comeback tour. In June, company CEO Jim Morris told Bloomberg that “Inside Out 2” would be a good test to see if iconic franchises would find a place in Pixar’s arsenal in the future. That said, the studio’s next film, scheduled for 2025, is “Elio,” an original film about a boy who becomes an ambassador for Earth.

By meerna

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