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Guest Post by Dan Spracklen

“Walt Disney Pictures Presents” – an all too familiar sentence. Disney is obviously a well-reckonised and respected studio, and with some great levels of success – for example “Cars,” “Monsters, Inc.” and the “Toy Story” franchise. However, notice something important about the most recent successful titles? They are all made in collaboration with Pixar. It seems that other recent Disney films such as “Race to Witch Mountain” and “Mars Needs Moms” have not had such a high level of success at the box office. However, without a doubt, older classic Disney flick’s such as “Lilo & Stitch” and “The Lion King” were too very successful. Here are some figures: TOY STORY 3 (Disney/Pixar) grossed over $1 billion in the US, and became the 2nd highest grossing movie of all time in the UK (taking a massive £73,790,475 (say dcm.co.uk) – only £23 million behind Avatar!) . MARS NEEDS MOMS (Disney) grossed so far a measly $21 million in the US, according to http://www.boxofficemojo.com However, Disney insist upon making films on their own with varying levels of success. For example, the recent TRON:LEGACY was anticipated by Empire Magazine to be perhaps bigger than James Cameron’s AVATAR, and was as such released on the very same date, a year on. However, Tron Legacy did not do so well as people had hoped, but it still managed to rake in a respectable $172,062,763 in the US (say box office mojo), despite it’s budget being only $2million under that. Worldwide, however, the film grossed over $400million.. Hat’s of Disney, but still not a patch on Avatar’s $2.7 billion worldwide, again according to Box Office Mojo. So, perhaps Disney are indeed most successful as it currently stands with Pixar, and maybe in the future they may part? Who really knows what the future holds in what is such an ever-changing industry as the cinema.

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