Pixar’s Cars 2 Races to the Top of the Global Box Office with $110.9 Million

John Lasseter’s sequel attracts larger international audience than the original

Pixar Animation remains the leader of the pack when it comes to computer-animated blockbusters. The studio earned its 12th consecutive box office debut – winning the top spot for every one of its movies. John Lasseter’s Cars 2 drove over $110.9 million at the global box office, despite bad reviews. The movie finished with $68 million in the U.S. Lasster talks about the 3D sequel in this exclusive video interview below.


Cars 2 added $42.9 million in 18 overseas markets and is also pacing ahead of the original movie by 127 percent. Overseas, Cars 2 was most popular in Russia ($9.3 million), Mexico ($8.1 million), Brazil ($7.6 million), Italy ($5.7 million) and Australia ($5.2 million).

But in the U.S., the sequel failed to live up to the success of Toy Story 3’s $110.3 million opening weekend. That movie went on to win an Oscar and received unanimous critical acclaim. However, Cars 2 was on par with the $68.1 million U.S. haul for Up.

This is all good news for Disney Interactive Studios, which will ride the success of Cars 2 throughout the summer with its line-up of spy-themed video games. The fact that the games take a different direction than the movie also helps give the games a wider window. Avalanche Studios’ games should also get a turbo boost this fall with the release of the Cars 2 Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

Cars remains Pixar’s most marketable property, thanks to the natural tie-ins to toys, video games and other merchandise aimed at young boys.