Disney 3D Can Repeat Record Box Office With Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3 opened on Friday with $41 million and it is being predicted that the film's weekend gross will be over $100 million. Does that sound familiar? In March, Alice in Wonderland opened with $116 million and went on to gross $334 million. The big news, however, was the movie becoming the 6th to reach the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. Can Disney, with the help of 3D and IMAX, duplicate that success with Toy Story 3?
Domestically, it is a sure thing. It's the foreign markets where there's some doubts. As a result of the World Cup, Disney couldn't do a worldwide release like most blockbusters. Instead it's slowly going to release the movie in key markets throughout July. It starts with Japan on July 10 and ends with the United Kingdom on July 23. By then there will be heavy competition like the third installment in the Twilight series and Christopher Nolan's Inception. In addition to other family friendly flicks like The Last Airbender and Despicable Me.
Regardless, Toy Story 3 is the film to beat this summer. So, even if it doesn't reach the level of success of Alice in Wonderland it'll still be a huge hit. It has also helped Disney have its biggest year since 2006 when Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Cars grossed a combined total of $667.3 million domestically and $1.5 billion worldwide. And. . .there was also a World Cup that year.