The Walt Disney Company’s incredible year at the box office just keeps on delivering, with Pixar’s Toy Story 4 passing the $1 billion mark at the global box office, the fifth Disney-distributed movie to reach that milestone in 2019.
By close of play on Wednesday, Toy Story 4 had earned $421.8 million in North America and a further $579.9 million internationally for $1.002 billion, which makes it the eighth-biggest animated movie of all time, and the second-highest grossing instalment in the Toy Story franchise behind 2010’s Toy Story 3 on $1.067 billion.
Disney has been smashing box office records left, right and centre this year. Last month, not only did Avengers: Endgame dethrone Avatar as the biggest film in history, but Disney also set a new all-time yearly studio record, thanks in no small part to the aforementioned superhero epic along with the likes of Captain Marvel, Aladdin and The Lion King.
No studio has ever had five movies surpass $1 billion in a single year, and Disney may well go on to make it seven in 2019 with the upcoming releases of Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The only other movie to reach a billion this year is Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home… which was produced by the Disney-owned Marvel Studios.
Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.
Toy Story 4 features a voice cast that includes Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Joan Cusack, Blake Clark, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, Jodi Benson, Michael Keaton, Jeff Pidgeon, Kristen Schaal, Bonnie Hunt, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Garlin, Lori Alan, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Don Rickles, and Keanu Reeves.