March 27, 2017

“Toy Story 3” crosses $1 billion mark; Disney becomes first studio to have two $1B earners

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: 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.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, “Toy Story 3” becomes the second film of Disney’s the cross the $1 billion mark this year. (The other being Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.”) Disney has become the first studio in history to accomplish this feat.

Disney’s no stranger to the $1 billion club. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” first crossed the mark in 2006. But Lee Unkrich’s “Toy Story 3” is 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.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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