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Posted at 7:15 PM ET, 08/16/2010

BOX OFFICE: 'Toy Story 3' now Disney's biggest non-Depp film ever

By Michael Cavna


With the weekend's final box-office numbers out this afternoon, it's official: "Toy Story 3" is now the most successful Disney film not to star Johnny Depp.

Pixar/Disney's "Toy Story 3" has now grossed $940.1-million globally, according to boxofficemojo; the only Disney pictures to earn more worldwide are the second and third "Pirates of the Caribbean" films and "Alice in Wonderland."

"Toy Story 3," of course, is also the most successful animated film ever, having outdistanced Dreamworks Animation's "Shrek 2" ($919.8-million). The green ogre's second film still remains the biggest animated film domestically -- and fifth all-time -- at $441-million. "Toy Story 3" ($400.8-million) is poised to pass "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" any day now and crack the all-time domestic Top 10.

And a quick bit of trivia: Adjusted for ticket-cost inflation, the most successful animated film ever domestically remains -- anyone? anyone? -- Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" from 1937, which grossed $866.5-million in 2010 dollars.

By Michael Cavna  | August 16, 2010; 7:15 PM ET
Categories:  The Holly Word  | Tags:  Shrek 2, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Toy Story 3  
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Thanks very much for including that piece of "inflated" trivia. The studios have been using gross sales in unadjusted dollars to guarantee record breaking headlines (and the associated free publicity) for decades. For this reason, the "total box office take" has become a worthless statistic. I'd love to see an all-time list of best-selling movies according to actual seats sold, but failing that, adjusting dollars according to inflation is the next best option.

Posted by: kilby | August 20, 2010 3:36 AM | Report abuse

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