‘Up’ ticket sales soar past ‘The Incredibles’

In it’s 38th day of release, Pixar’s Up managed to bring its domestic ticket sales total to an incredible $264,873,000, making it Pixar Animation Studios’ 2nd most popular film, in terms of sales, behind only Finding Nemo — which brought in $339,714,978 in its domestic run. Up’s latest total surpassed The Incredibles’ total of $261,441,092. Also, Up’s worldwide total surpassed the $300 million mark, with many countries yet to release the film. Expect a huge surge in the numbers once the film opens in these large, foreign markets.

As mentioned, Up is only in its 38th day of release, which means it will make a lot more money in the coming months, although I predict it will not take the number one spot away from Finding Nemo. Up would need close to $75 million more dollars in domestic ticket sales, which I can guarantee will not happen.

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Numbers via Box Office Mojo

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07/05/2009 | Films | Comments Off on ‘Up’ ticket sales soar past ‘The Incredibles’

Pixar’s UP surpasses $250 million mark

Pixar’s UP has reached a milestone that not many films reach; it has surpassed the $250 million mark in domestic ticket sales. This past weekend’s $13,061,737 helped bring UP’s total to $250,234,554. Add to that $35,364,786 from foreign ticket sales, and UP’s current worldwide total is a whopping $285,599,340. I should note, however, that UP has not been released in all foreign territories. In fact, between now and December, it will slowly release in various countries, ending with Japan in mid-December.

Also, UP is now 2009’s highest grossing domestic film, surpassing Star Trek’s current $246 million total. Unfortunately, UP’s position in the #1 spot will be taken away eventually by Transformers 2, which managed to pull in $200 million in only five days!

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06/29/2009 | Films | Comments Off on Pixar’s UP surpasses $250 million mark

Pixar discusses UP’s deleted subplot

Early on in development, Carl (the old man from Up) was shown carrying a giant egg throughout the film. This subplot was eventually removed from the final film, however. But why was Carl, at one point, carrying this mysterious egg? Pixar’s Pete Docter, director of Up, has revealed the details to MTV Movies Blog.

“That was early on. We had the bird give birth to this egg, and Carl then felt like he needed to take this baby — it needed tending to, and needed to get home, get away from these awful dogs and things. [The egg] had a larger picture involved with Muntz. Muntz wanted the egg because it was this youth potion that made you grow young.[Muntz] was after the bird and all that; it was really interesting, but it kind of got more bizarre… it was an element that we dropped out from the story.”

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06/12/2009 | Films | Comments Off on Pixar discusses UP’s deleted subplot

Pixar’s “Up” remains at No. 1 spot for 2nd week

Update: The Hangover managed to sneak by Up to take the number one spot. Final numbers reported this morning put The Hangover’s total at $45 million, while Up brought in $44.3 million.

Previously reported: Pixar’s “Up” managed to pull in $44.2 million this weekend, enough to remain in the number one spot for the second weekend in a row. Up was the first summer movie of 2009 to accomplish that feat. In only ten days, Up has raked in $137.3 million, assuring itself an eventual $225+ million domestic haul.

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Full Top 10 list after the break.

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06/07/2009 | Films | Comments Off on Pixar’s “Up” remains at No. 1 spot for 2nd week

Pixar’s “Up” debuts at No. 1

As expected, Pixar’s latest Up debuted at No. 1 over the weekend, pulling in a whopping $68.2 million; continuing Pixar’s perfect streak of hits. This was #10 — for anyone that’s keeping count. This makes Up the third-best opening for Pixar, behind the $70 million openings of Finding Nemo and The Incredibles.

Congrats to everyone at Pixar. As always, the victory is well deserved.

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05/31/2009 | Films | Comments Off on Pixar’s “Up” debuts at No. 1

Pixar’s “Up” – Production Featurette

Check out this behind-the-scenes look at Pixar’s upcoming (May 29) movie, Up.

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05/18/2009 | Films, Trailers/Videos | Comments Off on Pixar’s “Up” – Production Featurette

Pixar’s “Up” – Pursuit clip

Check out this 1 minute clip from Pixar’s upcoming (May 29) movie, Up.

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05/18/2009 | Films, Trailers/Videos | Comments Off on Pixar’s “Up” – Pursuit clip

New photos from Pixar’s UP

In theaters: May 29, 2009

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Check out the rest over at /Film.

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05/13/2009 | Films | Comments Off on New photos from Pixar’s UP

‘UP’ storyboards

Check out these awesome storyboards for Pixar’s upcoming film, UP. It will be released May 29, 2009.

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Via Character Design (a site worth bookmarking!)

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05/11/2009 | Films | Comments Off on ‘UP’ storyboards

New clip from Pixar’s “Up” – Dug the Dog

In theaters: May 29, 2009

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05/04/2009 | Films, Trailers/Videos | Comments Off on New clip from Pixar’s “Up” – Dug the Dog

Interview with Pixar’s Partly Cloudy director

The folks over at AWN had the opportunity to interview Peter Sohn, director of the new Pixar short film, “Partly Cloudy.” The short will play before Pixar’s upcoming feature “Up,” in theaters May 29. Peter Sohn was previously an animator/story artist on various Pixar films, including Ratatouille, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo.

AWN: Talk about the pitch and how it went from there.

Peter Sohn: The original pitch was just as I explained: There’s the world of storks that deliver babies, but where do they get these babies from? And my answer was obviously the clouds. And I had done some drawings of these cloud characters — taking some photos and Photoshopping eyes and a nose in and then having some birds all flocking up to the skies. I pitched this story of a smaller gray cloud that [lived below and] made some of the dangerous babies. And I showed John these images and he touched on one of them and said let’s start developing this one. And that was close to a year-and-a-half ago and it’s been a really interesting learning experience for me. Obviously, this is my first [short]. It really is like raising a baby. I felt very much like Gus during this thing — making something and wanting people to like it.

Read the rest of the interview at AWN.

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04/27/2009 | Films, Interviews | Comments Off on Interview with Pixar’s Partly Cloudy director

Inside Pixar’s “Up” – Kevin: The Undiscovered Species

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04/23/2009 | Films, Trailers/Videos | Comments Off on Inside Pixar’s “Up” – Kevin: The Undiscovered Species