When Pixar debuted its inaugural feature film in 1995, it became evident to fans that big things were underway in the field of animation. A lot has happened since then and almost 28 years later, you can always expect decent numbers from Pixar when a film hits the box office. Have you ever been curious about where your favorite Pixar film ranks in terms of its overall (estimated) lifetime gross? Spoiler Alert: 6 out of the 10 listed are sequels! Find out which ones are on the list!
Note: The following information is an estimation from Box Office Mojo. Data was pulled on March 10th, 2023.
#10. Monsters, Inc. – $255,873,250 – Released on November 2nd, 2001, Monsters, Inc. is the “oldest” film in our top 10 list of top-grossing films. If you’re curious about Pixar’s first film, Toy Story, the film has gone on to gross $191,796,233 and comes in at #17.
#9. The Incredibles – $261,441,092 – In the 2000s, it felt as though Pixar couldn’t be stopped. On November 5th, 2004 when the Incredibles was released, the film was an instant success at the box office. It pulled in $70 million and brought in various new fans!
#8. Monsters University – $268,492,764 – Rather than being a sequel, Monsters University told the origin story of Mike and Sulley and how they met!
#7. Up – $293,004,164 – Was there ever a more beautiful story of Carl and Ellie? This fantastic tale about mourning, love, friendship, and adventure is one of the most special movies Pixar has created. $68 million dollar box office opening, but has surged in popularity since its release!
#6. Finding Nemo – $339,714,978 – This stunning picture set mostly underwater was something special. Children and adults around when the film was released had never seen anything like it. Not only was the technology simply breathtaking, but the story was something special in itself!
#5. Inside Out – $356,461,711 – What if feelings had feelings? Inside Out has something everyone can identify with. The struggles of growing up, the nostalgia we feel for when we were younger, the hardship of a big move – all of these concepts are universal, and it’s what made the film such a success.
#4. Toy Story 3 – $415,004,880 – The one we all assumed was the end! Buzz and Woody have to move on after Andy has grown up! For many that had watched the films as they were growing up – watching Andy move on to college and say goodbye to childhood was a surreal moment. The masterful way it was shown on screen was a major reason why this film became a huge hit!
#3. Toy Story 4 – $434,038,008 – The 4th installment beat out its predecessor by almost $15 million dollars. At the time, many argued about how Toy Story 4 could possibly top Toy Story 3. Turns out, Pixar knows how to tell a tale, and giving Woody a different path was a brilliant way to continue his story!
#2. Finding Dory – $486,295,561 – Let’s be honest, we had been DYING to know where Dory came from. Her origin story and her journey to finding her family was one we had wanted to see ever since Finding Nemo came out!
#1. Incredibles 2 – $608,581,744 – The ending of ‘The Incredibles’ showed that there was always going to be a possibility for a sequel. The evolution of technology from the original film to the 2nd sequel is amazing and definitely helped lead this film to the top-grossing movie on this list! Plus, any film with Edna Mode is destined for greatness!
Did your favorite Pixar film make the list? Any you were surprised to see here? Let us know in the comments below!
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