“Toy Story 3” has officially become the biggest Pixar film of all-time, and the highest grossing film of 2010 (over $340M). It’s also getting some major Oscar buzz.
Let’s take a journey through the last 15 years at how the other Pixars films did at the box office, and in awards season:
“Toy Story” (1995) $191M – Highest Grossing film of the year, the only Pixar film to accomplish that; Nominated for three Oscars and two Golden Globes.
“A Bug’s Life” (1998) $162M – Fourth biggest that year, and beat Disney’s hand drawn “Mulan”; Nominated for one Oscar and one Globe.
“Toy Story 2” (1999) $245M – #3 overall, losing to “Star Wars Episode 1” and “The Sixth Sense”; Won a Globe for Best Picture Comedy or Musical and was nominated for another, along with an Oscar nomination.
“Monsters, Inc.” (2001) $255M – #4 of the year, $6M less than “Shrek”; winner for Best Original Song at Oscars, and was nominated for three more.
“Finding Nemo” (2003) – Former Pixar champ with $339M, and the #2 movie in 2003; Pixar’s first Best Animated Feature Oscar win, also with 3 more Oscar noms, and 1 G.G. nom.
“The Incredibles” (2004) $261M – #5 that year; Won two Oscars, with another two noms and G.G. nomination.
“Cars” – #3 movie in 2006 with $244M; nominated for two Academy Awards, but won the Golden Globes’s first Best Animated Feature award.
“Ratatouille” (2007) – #11 movie of the year (only Pixar not in top ten, but still makes $206M); Four Oscar noms, and won Best Animated Feature for both the Oscars and Globes.
“Wall-E” (2008) – One of the most critcally acclaimed films of the decade, yet it’s my least favorite Pixar; $223M and #5 in 2008; beat “Kung Fu Panda” by $8M; 5 noms and 1 Oscar, had 1 Globe nom and 1 win
“Up” (2009) – 5th biggest moneymaker last year with $293M, yet best reviewed; Won 2 Globes and 2 Oscars, plus 3 more Oscar noms including Best Picture.
In only 15 years Pixar has clearly established itself as one of the biggest studios (in terms of money and and award) in the movie business. Imagine what the next 15 years are going to bring.