So, we know Up is a big box office hit. But just how big?
Well, today’s estimates are saying that Up has crossed the mark set by A Bug’s Life (1998-1999/without inflation) making it the 9th highest grossing Pixar movie so far! Up just keeps soaring, recently breaking the $150 million mark and now starting to climb the Pixar ladder. The upcoming milestones for Pete Docter’s latest would be to overcome the production budget of $175 million, reach Toy Story’s domestic gross of $191,796,233 and then break through to $200 million domestically. After that, just keep going… Up!
I have a feeling all of the above will be taken care of in a week or so. Maybe it’ll even reach Monsters, Inc.-like numbers along (or at the end of) it’s run. I just have this feeling that Up could be a much bigger hit than WALL•E and Ratatouille, but then again I could be completely wrong with Transformers, Harry Potter and Ice Age sequels coming very soon. I’m also quite curious how it’ll do overseas, but I’ll set that off for a later discussion.
Anyways, this is how the weekend figured so far: Friday was very successful with $8,850,000, suggesting Up is still going strong; right behind The Hangover but considerably in front of the "family" competition. This means Pixar’s 10th is now at a predicted $165,514,000 putting it on track for the #2 spot in America. Further weekend estimates put the film at $185.16 million once Sunday passes. Keep it here for updates throughout the weekend!
Update: Box Office Mojo is reporting that Friday’s weekend estimates were a tad low. They actually think Up may end… up at $187 million with a $13 million Saturday and an $8 million Sunday! That means Up has now busted its production budget and in the next few days will surpass Toy Story’s domestic total leaving $200 million not very far away! Impressive, impressive indeed… Expect weekend totals Monday.
Update 2: Weekend estimates are in! The total for Up this weekend was $30,762,280 bringing it to $187,425,989 ending at a strong (and close) number 2! I hear there are many records attached to those numbers, sounds good to me!
So as I keep saying (but I do so sincerely) keep on telling people about Up and how much you liked it! And of course, congratulations to Pixar for their 10th hit in a row!!
(via Box Office Mojo)