Toy Story 4: It’ll Make Cents Even if it Doesn’t Make Sense
As a general rule, films tap out after releasing part three. That does not, of course, count prequels or spin offs. We’re talking about sequential, ascending releases. Few have pulled off going over the trilogy mark, such as Rocky or Rambo (or any film beginning with ‘R’ and starring Stallone apparently). Unsurprisingly, the breaking news that Toy Story 4 will be released June 2017 has incited a mixture of excitement and disapproval from lovers of the Disney franchise.
People love Toy Story. It put Pixar on the map and really launched a new kind of animated aesthetic. People love this franchise so much, it’s made a small fortune. Just how much? Well, let’s take a walk down memory lane.
Part one was nominated for three Oscars and made nearly $30 million opening weekend. Keep in mind that was in 1995. It’s total gross worldwide is about $362 million.
Toy Story 2
Four years later, the sequel made over $57 million opening weekend. It grossed about $481 million total worldwide. It’s hard to believe a film released in November
of 1999 made that much. Everybody was saving for Y2K. (Remember that?!)
Toy Story 3
To give some indication of the kind of big bucks Toy Story 4 will likely pull in (whether it’s good or not), take a look at the worldwide gross for part three. It made over a billion dollars overall and over $110 million opening weekend alone. That was in 2010.
One can only imagine what kind of bucks the fourth film will make in 2017. Even if it turns out to be the weakest link of the series, Woody and Buzz will still have a friend in The Life Elite.