The Lamp is burning very, very bright...
On this weekend the little animation start-up in Emeryville that I affectionately/jokingly call Disney Animation North is going to be sitting in a pretty historic position. Their latest film is already Pixar's highest grossing film ever, but by the time Sunday rolls around it will be even more. If that is actually possible.
"Toy Story 3" will have made over one billion dollars by the time the Monday morning sun comes up. That's right:
$1,000,000,000.00 plus spare change. Lots of zeros, but thankfully with a positive number in front of all of them. Congratulations go out to John Lasseter and the crew, but I have to give a special shout out and thank you to Lee Unkrich. Not a bad way to start your directing career, Lee. I mean, as a solo director, of course. He's been riding sidesaddle for a good while and it's nice to see him take the reigns and ride hard. What a success. You must be on cloud 10 right now.
I can't wait to see what you have up next, sir...
Looks like the Mouse has made it official, even earlier than Sunday. Here's the official press release:
DISNEY•PIXAR’S TOY STORY 3 WILL CROSS $1 BILLION TODAY; DISNEY TO BECOME
FIRST STUDIO WITH TWO $1 BILLION FILMS IN ONE YEAR
BURBANK, Calif. – August 27, 2010 – Two weeks after becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time, Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3 will cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office today, joining Alice in Wonderland as the second $1 billion film this year from The Walt Disney Studios – the first studio in history to accomplish this feat. Disney first crossed the $1 billion threshold with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest in 2006. Toy Story 3 becomes the only animated film to reach this milestone and the seventh title in industry history.
“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, The Walt Disney Studios. “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.”
As of Thursday (8/26/10), Toy Story 3 tallied more than $592.9 million internationally, Disney’s largest international animated release. Latin American audiences have contributed $138 million making Toy Story 3 the highest grossing Disney film ever released in the region. Toy Story 3 is the most successful UK release in Disney history and currently stands as the fourth biggest title in territory history with $102.4 million in box office receipts so far. In Japan, the film has taken in $111.2 million and spent five consecutive weeks as the #1 movie. Toy Story 3 currently ranks as the #7 film in global box office history and domestically ranks #9 with $404.6 million in receipts to date.
Alice in Wonderland began setting records during its opening weekend (March 5-7), becoming the biggest March opening in industry history, the highest 3D opening ever and The Walt Disney Studios’ biggest opening for a non-sequel film. Internationally, the film went on to tally more than $690 million, becoming Disney’s biggest overseas release of all time and the fourth biggest title ever released overseas. Worldwide, the film took in $1.0243 billion, ranking it as the #5 film in global box office history.
I can see why they fired Dick Cook. What a lousy year the film division is having...