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Inside Out 2 breaks Pixar’s all-time worldwide record

Inside Out 2 breaks Pixar’s all-time worldwide record

Pixar must have had great joy on Wednesday, as “Inside Out 2” became the animation studio’s most successful film of all time worldwide, surpassing the success of “The Incredibles 2” from 2018.

The new film, which hit theaters the weekend of June 14, has grossed more than $1.251 billion in worldwide ticket sales through Tuesday, according to multiple reports, surpassing “Incredibles 2,” which held the studio’s record with $1.243 billion (not adjusting for inflation).

Now, Inside Out 2 has its sights set on another record: the highest-grossing animated film of all time. It currently trails Disney’s original Frozen ($1.285 billion), Illumination and Universal’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie ($1.361 billion) and Disney’s Frozen II ($1.453 billion).

The film could outperform “Frozen” and “Super Mario,” although it’s still unclear whether it will take the crown. The film has grossed $48 million in South Korea, which the Hollywood Reporter says could be an indication of how well it will do in Japan, where it has yet to open.

Inside Out 2, a sequel to the 2015 film about a young girl named Riley and her emotions, seen as characters that help shape her decisions, grossed $155 million in its opening weekend in the U.S., exceeding expectations. After two weekends, it was the highest-grossing film worldwide of 2024, according to Disney.

Pixar’s latest hit isn’t the only animated film to have a successful run in theaters this summer. Universal and Illumination’s Despicable Me 4 has grossed more than $240 million since its June 30 release, making it another family-friendly film sure to captivate audiences. Both films were released during the summer holidays, while parts of the country continue to experience sweltering temperatures.

Inside Out 2 is a hit with critics. The film currently has a 91 percent rating from critics and 96 percent from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes and an “A” on CinemaScore, which calculates ratings based on audience reactions to films shortly after release. The film has continued to spark discussions about how people deal with their emotions, what it’s like for teenagers to experience puberty and angst, and how adults deal with emotions like sadness, joy, and nostalgia (all of which become characters in the film).

The success of “Inside Out 2” is good news for Pixar, which has had a run of bad luck with its theatrical releases. In 2020, “Onward” struggled to gain traction as theaters were closed due to the pandemic. Pixar’s “Elemental,” due in 2023, was one of the company’s lowest-grossing films of all time (though it recovered slightly over time). “Lightyear,” a spin-off of the “Toy Story” franchise, also failed to win over critics.

Pixar has indicated that it will refocus on successful franchises for its comeback tour. In June, company president Jim Morris told Bloomberg that “Inside Out 2” would be a good test run to see if well-known franchises have a place in Pixar’s arsenal in the future. The studio’s next film, scheduled for 2025, is “Elio,” an original film about a boy who becomes an ambassador to Earth.