‘Inside Out 2’ Breaks Records to Become Pixar’s Highest-Grossing Film

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Nearly a month after its release on June 14, ‘Inside Out 2’ has surpassed ‘Incredibles 2’ in revenue, becoming the highest-grossing movie in Pixar’s history.

According to Variety, ‘Inside Out 2’ has earned $1.25 billion globally, surpassing ‘Incredibles 2’s’ $1.24 billion record. This achievement also places it as the fourth highest-grossing animated movie ever, following ‘Frozen’ ($1.29 billion), ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ ($1.36 billion), and ‘Frozen II’ ($1.45 billion).

The sequel quickly outperformed the original ‘Inside Out,’ which grossed $859 million worldwide in 2015. The success of ‘Inside Out 2’ was anticipated, as The Walt Disney Company had previously announced that it became the fastest animated film to reach $1 billion at the global box office, achieving this milestone in less than three weeks after its release.

‘Inside Out 2’ is now one of only 11 animated films to have crossed the $1 billion mark and is the first movie to achieve this feat since July 2023’s ‘Barbie.’

The sequel follows 13-year-old Riley as she experiences new emotions during puberty and prepares for high school. Directed by Kelsey Mann, the film introduces new emotions such as Anxiety, Envy, Embarrassment, Ennui, and Nostalgia, in addition to the original five: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust.

Amy Poehler, who voices Joy, shared with PEOPLE that the first film naturally set up the sequel. “At the very end of the original, Joy has that great moment where she’s like, ‘Finally, everything is the way it’s supposed to be.’ Then we see that big puberty button, ‘Should we press this?’ We do press it in the second movie,” Poehler said in September 2022. She had been advocating for a sequel for years.

“I’ve been bugging Pete Docter [the Chief Creative Officer of Pixar] and the team, just saying, ‘When are you guys going to make another one? When’s that happening?’ When they told me their idea for the second one, I thought it was genius,” she told PEOPLE in June.

‘Inside Out 2’ is now playing in theaters.

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