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Pixar’s “Up” and “Monsters, Inc.” coming to Blu-ray November 10

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that both “Up” and “Monsters, Inc.” will be released on Blu-ray November 10th. Up will also be released on DVD the same day.

Up Blu-ray special features include:

* Cine-Explore (BD exclusive)
* Global Guardian Badge Game (BD exclusive)
* Geography Game (BD exclusive)
* 8 Documentaries (BD exclusive)
* Doug’s Special Mission animated short
* Partly Cloudy animated short
* Directory commentary
* Adventure is Out There – documentary chronicling the filmmakers’ journey to South America
* The Many Endings of Muntz – Witness the demise of Charles Muntz with an unseen alternate take
* DVD copy of the film
* Digital copy of the film

Monster’s Inc Blu-ray special features include:

* Monster’s Inc Ride and Go Seek: Building Monstropolis in Tokyo (BD Exclusive)
* Filmmakers’ Roundtable with director Pete Docter, co-director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla Anderson (BD Exclusive)
* Roz’s 100-Door Challenge Game (BD Exclusive)
* BD-Live Features
* All special features from the previous DVD release
* DVD copy of the film
* Digital copy of the film

A limited edition “Up: Luxo Jr. Collectible Desk Lamp Set” which includes a replica Luxo Jr. desk lamp with Blu-ray storage base, will also be released on the same day.

Click here to check out the cover art at our sister site, BlurayWire.

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‘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

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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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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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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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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