“Toy Story 3” Breaks Animated Film Record
Step aside Shrek, Woody and Buzz Lightyear are the new kings of the animated film kingdom. Walt Disney Studios announced on Friday that “Toy Story 3” has grossed $920 million from worldwide ticket sales, replacing “Shrek 2” as the top grossing animated film of all time.
“Toy Story 3” achieved the feat less than two months since it was released on June 18. “Shrek 2” dropped to second in the all-time list with $919.8 million. The current total for “Toy Story 3” also makes it the fourth-biggest Disney film in terms of worldwide gross, just behind two “Pirates of the Caribbean” films and Tim Burton’s dark retelling of “Alice in Wonderland.”
The animated story about a group of toys has also joined “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” as the only Disney films to gross at least $400 million at the North American box office. The 3D animated movie grossed a staggering $110,307,189 in its first weekend, the highest opening for a Pixar movie.
“Toy Story 3,” directed by Lee Unkrich, is expected to rake in more money later this year when it is released on DVD and Blu-ray in November.