Saturday, October 12, 2013

Walt Disney Animated Films and Pixar Box Office and Video Grosses

Right, so I own a video of most of these films. Anyway, there's no good list on the Internetzes that gives you the worldwide box office grosses (who cares about just domestic? Money is $), the costses, and the DVD/Vid/Rentage grosses of all the Disney animated films and all the Pixar films on one page. So enjoy! Sources include The Numbers, Box Office Mojo, Wikipedia, IMDB, and various interviews.

Gray are Pixar films. The first number is the world-wide box office gross, in millions. It includes every release (if it's been re-released). For example, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, and Sleeping Beauty all lost money in the theaters. But Walt re-released most of those films every 7 years or so, and they made up their costs. (They didn't think they could re-release Alice until the psycho 70s hit, and it became a hit.) Nothing is adjusted for inflation. I might update this in the future because you can't calculate inflation when the gross includes multiple releases. So that's something I can clarify in the future (room to grow).

The second number, the one in (parenthesis), is the cost of the film. After that is the DVD gross (if I could find one). But that also includes all video (VHS, Blue Ray, etc) and video rentals. 
§         1937 – Snow White & the 7 Dwarves        $416M  (1.5M)
§         1940 – Pinocchio                                               $   84M  (2.3M)
§         1940 – Fantasia                                                  $   83M  (2.3M)
§         1941 – The Reluctant Dragon                       $    -        (-)
§         1941 – Dumbo                                                    $  1.6M (950K)   DVD - 61M
§         1942 – Bambi                                                      $268 M (1.7M)
§         1942 – Saludos Amigos                                   $    -        (-)
§         1944 – The Three Caballeros                        $    -        (-)
§         1946 – Make Mine Music                               $    -        (-)
§         1947 – Fun & Fancy Free                                $    -        (-)
§         1948 – Melody Time                                        $    -        (-)
§         1949 – Adv of Ichabod & Mr. Toad             $    -        (-)          
§         1950 – Cinderella                                              $  85 M ($ 3M)   DVD - 64M
§         1951 – Alice in Wonderland                         $  -         ($ 3M)
§         1953 – Peter Pan                                               $  87 M ($ 4M)   DVD - 93M
§         1955 – Lady and the Tramp                           $  94 M ($ 4M)   DVD-121M
§         1959 – Sleeping Beauty                                  $  52 M ($ 6M)
§         1961 – 101 Dalmatians                                    $216 M (-)
§         1963 – Sword in the Stone                            $  22 M (-)
§         1967 – Jungle Book                                          $206 M ($ 4M)   DVD - 73M
§         1970 – Aristocats                                              $  35 M (-)
§         1973 – Robin Hood                                           $    -        (-)           DVD - 38M
§         1977 – Many Adv. of Winnie the Pooh    $    -        (-)           DVD - 16M
§         1977 – The Rescuers                                        $  71 M (-)
§         1981 – The Fox and the Hound                    $  63 M (-)            DVD - 39M
§         1985 – The Black Cauldron                            $  21 M ($25M)
§         1986 – The Great Mouse Detective           $  39 M ($14M) 
§         1988 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit             $351 M ($70M)
§         1988 – Oliver & Company                              $  74 M (-)
§         1989 – The Little Mermaid                            $222 M ($28M) DVD-109M
§         1990 – The Rescuers Down Under             $  47 M (-)
§         1991 – Beauty and the Beast                       $451 M ($20M)
§         1992 – Aladdin                                                   $504 M ($28M)
§         1994 – Lion King                                                $953 M ($79M) DVD - 1.5B
§         1995 – Pocahontas                                           $347 M ($55M)
§         1995 – Toy Story                                                $362 M ($30M)
§         1996 – Hunchback of Notre Dame             $326 M (100M)
§         1997 – Hercules                                                 $252 M ($70M)
§         1998 – Mulan                                                      $304 M ($90M)
§         1998 – A Bug’s Life                                            $363 M ($45M)
§         1999 – Tarzan                                                      $448 M (145M)
§         1999 – Toy Story 2                                             $511 M ($90M)
§         2000 – Fantasia 2000                                        $  61 M ($80M)
§         2000 – Dinosaur                                                 $356 M (128M)
§         2000 – Emperor’s New Groove                   $169 M (100M)
§         2001 – Atlantis                                                   $186 M ($90M)
§         2001 – Monsters, Inc.                                      $560 M (115M)
§         2002 – Lilo & Stitch                                           $273 M ($80M)
§         2002 – Treasure Planet                                   $110 M (140M)  DVD - 64M
§         2003 – Finding Nemo                                      $906 M ($94M)  DVD-300M
§         2003 – Brother Bear                                         $250 M (-)
§         2004 – Home on the Range                           $104 M (110M)
§         2004 – The Incredibles                                   $632 M ($92M)
§         2005 – Chicken Little                                       $314 M ($60M)  DVD-142M
§         2006 – Cars                                                          $462 M ($70M)  DVD-252M
§         2007 – Meet the Robinsons                         $171 M (-)            DVD - 79M
§         2007 – Ratatouille                                            $627 M (150M)  DVD-190M
§         2008 – Wall-E                                                     $533 M (180M)  DVD-144M
§         2008 – Bolt                                                          $314 M (150M)  DVD - 85M
§         2009 – Up                                                             $732 M (175M)  DVD-186M
§         2009 – Princess & the Frog                           $267 M (105M)  DVD - 76M
§         2010 – Toy Story 3                                            $1.06 B (200M)  DVD-187M
§         2010 – Tangled                                                  $591 M (260M)  DVD-106M
§         2011 – Cars 2                                                       $560 M (200M)  DVD - 82M
§         2011 – Winnie the Pooh                                $  36 M ($30M)  DVD - 12M
§         2012 – Brave                                                       $555 M (185M)  DVD-110M
§         2012 – Wreck It Ralph                                     $473 M (165M)  DVD - 52M
§         2013 – Monsters University                         $737 M (-)
§         2013 – Planes                                                     $180 M ($50M)
§         2013 – Frozen
§         2014 – Planes 2: Fire & Rescue
§         2014 – Big Hero 6
§         2015 – Inside Out
§         2015 – The Good Dinosaur
§         2016 – Finding Dory
§         2016 – Zootopia
§         2017 – Dia De Los Muertos?
§         2017 – Giants? (Jack & the Beanstalk)
§         2018 – Moana? (Tiki Room)
§         2019 – Teenage Space Race?
§         Also from Pixar: Toy Story 4, Incredibles 2
§         Also from Disney: King of Elves, Mickey Mouse 

One reason why I did this is so that you can see what this films were making in the 70s and 80s and then starting with the Disney Renaissance with The Little Mermaid, when the films started taking off again.

Also, when John Lasseter took over as the Chief Creative Officer of Disney animated films in 2006-ish, you can see how awesome the Pixar movies were doing in the box office and how the Disney films were struggling to get up there. As you can see, Meet the Robinsons, Bolt, and Princess & the Frog weren't getting it done (compared to Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up, and Toy Story 3). It wasn't until Tangled when he had a Disney hit that made more than $500 million like the Pixar movies were (except Cars, which more than made it up in DVD and Merchandise). So he's got two "sequels" to Tangled in the works... Frozen (he brought back the director of Tarzan) and Giants (a Jack in the Beanstalk tale from the director of Tangled).

But you can see that Lasseter's still in experimental mode (even after Tangled), with Winnie the Pooh (they tried to recreate the 70s shorts; it's fun and great, but a not the right idea for a film), Wreck-It Ralph (Up but with videogames; amazing film, but it lost the mommy market with the Halo stuff), a Planes series (low budget Cars spin-off with a good profit so far), Big Hero 6 (Disney CEO Iger insisted they do an animated film with the Marvel brand, so they found a Japanese hero team that know one knew about), Zootopia (a quirky Madagascar?), Moana (giving Clements and Musker another chance, so they're taking the Tiki Room idea, combining it with the animation style of the Paper Man short, and stirring in a girl character ala Spirited Away... but Lasseter better give them some major talent to help, because Clements and Musker pulled off Aladdin and Littler Mermaid, but they also directed Great Mouse Detective, Hercules, Treasure Planet, and Princess & the Frog... so they need some help to dig out of a three-film funk), and Teenage Space Race (this didn't work so well with Final Fantasy, Titan AE (that put Don Bluth out of business), Atlantis, Treasure Planet, TMNT, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Rise of the Guardians, Epic, or unfortunately even Wreck-It Ralph, so they better have a mission to win over the mommy market more than those films did, or it's going to be another "sorry son, let's wait for DVD" kind of film).

King of the Elves and a return for Mickey Mouse are on hold for now. I'm not voting for King of the Elves (it's a short story that doesn't seem it would lend itself well to a feature film), but a Mickey film might be interesting (although their Winnie the Pooh attempt fell flat). Meanwhile Pixar's still on a role, and I expect good things from Disney's Fairy Tale series that Tangled started (the series formula includes Tangled, Frozen, and Giants... this formula is similar to what Little Mermaid started... Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast, Lion King, Pocahontas, Hunchback, Hercules, Mulan, and Tarzan).

Leave a comment if you have more info on box office takes, film costs, and video grosses, and please include a link to the source! Thanks!

- The Emperor

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