Thursday, July 9, 2009

UP flying high in the box office

Disney Pixar just tweeted that UP is now the 5th highest grossing animated film of all time. You can see the list here.

While this is a huge success, you have to take into account two major differences between UP and all other animated films on this list. UP was in the 3D, adding as much as $2/ticket to the admission price. This list also does not account for inflation. So while UP is #5, it is far more likely that Aladdin (one of my favorite disney movies) sold more tickets even though its at #12. These two facts show that while UP is a huge success, it is not THE Disney movie of all time. That title goes to The Lion King for traditional animation, and Finding Nemo for computer animation, which has become the norm.

Now, if you haven't seen UP, I highly recommend that you do. It's a surprisingly touching tale of an old man finally figuring out what a true adventure is. I've seen it twice already, once in 3D. While the animation is amazing, the 3D did not make a huge difference for me. If the $2 difference is an issue, which it can be during these economic times, feel free to skip it and just see it on a regular screen. But see it.

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