Posted on Friday, August 13th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
Earlier this week, Toy Story 3 surpassed Finding Nemo to become the highest grossing film in Pixar history. Today Lee Unkrich’s sequel has passed another major milestone, becoming the highest grossing animated film of all time. The film has grossed more than $920 million worldwide, surpassing DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek 2 ($919.8 million worldwide) for the title. The film currently ranks as the 14th highest grossing movie of all time.
Not to knock the achievement, but the movie, of course, got a bump in 3D ticket price increases that wasn’t available for animated films prior to the past four years (with the amount of 3d enabled screens having tripled over the last two years). Also, non-3D surcharge ticket inflation also contributes to the big number. A film like The Lion King made $783.8 million worldwide in 1994, a number which would be adjusted to $1.54 billion today.