Toy Story 4 Just Soared Past A Box-Office Milestone For Pixar

Buzz Lightyear flying high above a carnival.

Toy Story 4 has just soared past a box office milestone for Pixar. The fourth film in Pixar’s first and (as I see it) best franchise debuted in theaters back in June and despite opening below expectations, Woody and Buzz’s latest adventure has still been flying high at the box office, only dropping out of the top five this past weekend. Now Toy Story 4 has gone to infinity and beyond... beyond $1 billion at the box office, that is.

Pixar’s fourthquel crossed the illustrious $1 billion milestone at the box office Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Through Wednesday, Toy Story 4 has earned a franchise best $421.8 million domestically and $579.9 million internationally, bringing the film’s worldwide total to $1.002 billion and giving Duke Caboom, Bo Peep and Forky official entry into the three-comma club.

While we normally talk about China being the biggest market for a film outside of the U.S., Toy Story 4 actually got a lot of help from some smaller countries on its way to $1 billion. Josh Cooley’s film is Hollywood’s biggest ever movie in terms of admissions in Mexico, where it has grossed $72 million. In the United Kingdom, Toy Story 4 has made $75.2 million to become the second-biggest animated release of all time in that country and it is still going strong in Japan, with $77 million and counting.

Toy Story 4 is now the Number 8 animated film of all time when not adjusted for inflation. Number 1 on that list now belongs to this year’s remake The Lion King, which probably deserves an asterisk or two if you ask me.

By crossing this milestone, Toy Story 4 joins Toy Story 3 in the billion-dollar club, but it will have a ways to go to catch its predecessor. That 2010 film ended its run with $1.067 billion, making it Pixar’s most successful film behind last year’s Incredibles 2. Pixar now has had four films cross the $1 billion mark, including the latter two Toy Story films, the aforementioned Incredibles 2 and 2016’s Finding Dory.

The Toy Story franchise, which may or may not be at a close, has now earned close to $3 billion across four films. Toy Story 4’s achievements aren’t just its own or even Pixar’s though; it is part of Disney and that company’s banner, record-breaking year. Toy Story 4 is the sixth film this year to cross $1 billion at the box office, making it the fifth Disney film this year to do so.

No studio has ever had five $1 billion grossers in a year and now Disney does, with Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, The Lion King, Aladdin and Toy Story 4. The only other non-Disney film to cross $1 billion is Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, which, if we’re being honest, exists as part of Disney’s MCU franchise. All that and Disney has Frozen II and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker still to come.

Toy Story 4 is now playing. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see all the movies hoping for equally good fortunes coming later this year.

Nick Evans

Nick grew up in Maryland has degrees in Film Studies and Communications. His life goal is to walk the earth, meet people and get into adventures. He’s also still looking for The Adventures of Pete and Pete season 3 on DVD if anyone has a lead.