Pixar: Most Successful Animated Movies in Canada & U.S., by lifetime gross
MovieLifetime gross,
in million USD
Incredibles 2608.58
Finding Dory486.30
Toy Story 4434.04
Toy Story 3415.01
Inside Out356.46
Finding Nemo339.72
Up293.00
Monsters University268.49
The Incredibles261.44
Monsters, Inc.255.87
  • Region: Canada, United States
  • Time period: as of 2024
  • Published: Feb 2024

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Apr 13, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Top Grossing Pixar Movie

Incredibles 2 leads the Pixar box office in the U.S. and Canada with a lifetime gross of 608.58 million USD, standing out as the highest-grossing Pixar animated movie among the listed data.

Sequel Success

Sequels dominate the top earnings, with four out of the top five movies being sequels. These include Incredibles 2, Finding Dory, Toy Story 4, and Toy Story 3, highlighting a trend where sequels tend to perform exceptionally well in terms of box office receipts.

Earnings Threshold

All movies in the dataset have grossed over 250 million USD, showcasing Pixar's consistent ability to create commercially successful films.

Comparison Between Originals and Sequels

The original movies "Finding Nemo" and "The Incredibles" have also performed remarkably, with gross earnings of 339.72 million USD and 261.44 million USD, respectively, indicating that both original stories and their sequels are highly lucrative for Pixar.

200 Million USD Club

Every movie listed has surpassed the 200 million USD milestone in lifetime gross in the U.S. and Canada, demonstrating Pixar's strong market presence and the high demand for their animated films.

Incremental Decrease in Gross

There is a noticeable incremental decrease in box office gross among the top-ranked movies, from 608.58 million USD for Incredibles 2 to 255.87 million USD for "Monsters, Inc.", reflecting a wide but consistent range of commercial success across different Pixar franchises.

Impact of Sequels on Franchises

Sequels such as Incredibles 2 and Finding Dory have surpassed their original films in terms of box office gross, with Incredibles 2 grossing over 347 million USD more than "The Incredibles" and Finding Dory outperforming Finding Nemo by nearly 147 million USD, indicating the significant impact sequels can have on the financial success of a franchise.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the top grossing Pixar movie in the U.S. and Canada?

Incredibles 2 is the highest-grossing Pixar movie in the U.S. and Canada, with a lifetime gross of 608.58 million USD.

Terms and Definitions

Pixar is a highly renowned American computer animation studio known for its advanced CGI animation. The company has produced some of the most successful and beloved animated films in history, including the 'Toy Story' series, 'Finding Nemo', 'Up', 'Inside Out', and more. Pixar is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

Animated movies are films that are made using artwork digitally or manually created and brought to life using computerized imagery or by photographing a drawn image or miniature setup, then playing the recorded frames back in rapid succession.

Lifetime gross, often referred to as total gross, is the total box office revenue generated by a movie during its entire theatrical run. This revenue includes both domestic and international earnings.

The Walt Disney Company is a multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate. It is one of the biggest and best-known studios in Hollywood. Disney has been a leader in the American animation industry before diversifying into live-action film production, television, and theme parks.

CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) Animation is the process of creating animated images and films using computer graphics. It's used extensively in the film industry and has been the primary technique for creating animation in Pixar's films.

3D animation is a type of animation that uses three-dimensional space to create scenes and characters that have depth and are more realistic. Pixar has been a pioneer in the development and use of 3D animation in its films.
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