The 13 Most Profitable Pixar Films Of All Time

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Few, if any, movie studios have had the success Pixar has at the box office over the past two decades. But just how much money has the  computer animation film studio made? In honour of Pixar’s 13th feature film “Brave,” out June 22, let’s check out just how much money the studio’s insanely profitable films have earned.

Note: The following numbers only tally the production budget and total gross in North America. It does not factor in international grosses, merchandising, DVD sales, distribution and marketing costs, or inflation (numbers are taken from BoxOfficeMojo).

Budget: $200 million

Domestic Gross: $191 million

Profit: -$9 million

The studio's first critical miss was a blatant cash grab to renew 'Cars' merchandising sales. This movie may not have earned back it's budget domestically, but it's far from a loss for the studio once everything else is factored in.

Budget: $120 million

Domestic Gross: 163 million

Profit: $43 million

'Bug's Life' have been more successful, had the similarly-themed computer animated film 'Antz' not come out a month prior.

Budget: $180 million

Domestic Gross: $224 million

Profit: $44 million

'WALL-E' once again proved that Pixar could do no wrong, as the first third of the film contains no dialogue.

Budget: $150 million

Domestic Gross: $206 million

Profit: $56 million

Or as Disney likely refers to it: 'The movie about a rat where we realised Pixar's budgets are getting out of hand.'

Budget: $175 million

Domestic Gross: $293 million

Profit: $118 million

Pixar's first 3D film, the surcharges were enough to push 'Up' above the normal $250 million range.

Budget: $120 million

Domestic Gross: $244 million

Profit: $124 million

Additionally, the merchandising for this film was through the roof. The LA Times estimated sales of $10 billion through 2010.

Budget: $115 million

Domestic Gross: $256 million

Profit: $141 million

Had a little film called 'Harry Potter' not come out two weeks later, the gross may have been significantly higher for 'Monsters.'

Budget: $90 million

Domestic Gross: $246 million

Profit: $156 million

Originally planned as a straight-to-video sequel, it's clear they made the right choice releasing the film theatrically.

Budget: $30 million

Domestic Gross: $192 million

Profit: $162 million

The movie that started all did so with a fraction of the production budget of future projects.

Budget: $92 million

Domestic Gross: $261 million

Profit: $169 million

This was the first Pixar film directed by Brad Bird, who last December jumped into live action movies, helming the blockbuster 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.'

Budget: $200 million

Domestic Gross: $415 million

Profit: $215 million

The first Pixar film to gross over $100 million domestically on opening weekend was also the first to gross $1 billion worldwide.

Budget: $94 million

Domestic Gross: $340 million

Profit: $246 million

When adjusted for ticket inflation, 'Nemo' becomes Pixar's highest grossing film, a title it held outright until 'Toy Story 3.'

Pixar's newest release is the first to feature a female lead, and looks like a return to form after 'Cars 2' proved that everyone makes mistakes. With a budget likely hovering around $200 million, it will likely finish slightly above that, making it the 13th consecutive win for the studio.

Bottom line: Until something drastic changes, a new Pixar film remains a licence for the studio to essentially print money.

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