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“Inside Out 2” Hits $1 Billion at the Box Office

Inside Out 2 has just completed its third weekend at the box office, narrowly surpassing A Quiet Place: Day One. Over the past few weeks, this animated sequel has not only triumphed over Dune: Part Two to emerge as the highest-grossing film of the year but also set new animation records. As its third weekend draws to a close, Inside Out 2 has achieved a significant milestone by crossing the $1 billion mark in global box office earnings, making it the first movie to do so since last summer’s Barbie.

This weekend alone, Inside Out 2 garnered an additional $57.4 million at the domestic box office, pushing its North American total to $545.5 million and its worldwide earnings to $1 billion. This achievement places the movie in an elite category, being only the 11th film in history to reach this benchmark and the eighth from Disney. For perspective, the original Inside Out, released in theaters in 2015, earned a total of $857,611,174.

The success of Inside Out 2 comes on the heels of significant layoffs at Pixar. Reports suggest that the studio was in dire need of a film to reaffirm its standing as a leader in animation. Pixar’s chief, Pete Docter, recently emphasized the studio’s dedication to original storytelling during an interview with EW, assuring that a slew of sequels isn’t in their future plans.
(Photo: Inside Out 2’s box office just keeps climbing. – Pixar)

Inside Out 2 continues with the original’s five core emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Tony Hale), and Disgust (Liza Lapira). The sequel also introduces several new emotions, including Anxiety (Maya Hawke), Envy (Ayo Edebiri), Ennui (Adele Exarchopoulos), and Embarrassment (Paul Walter Hauser).

“[Inside Out] was everything I love about movies, especially here at Pixar,” shared Inside Out 2 director Kelsey Mann during a sneak peek of the film. “It was fun, it was imaginative, and it made a meaningful impact on the world. But ever since I walked out of that theater back in 2015, I kept thinking about Joy’s last line at the end of the film: ‘After all, Riley’s 12 now. What could happen?’ Well, that’s the question we want to answer in this movie.”

Inside Out 2 is now showing exclusively in theaters.