Ladies and gentlemen … start your engines. With today's announcement of deal between Disney and Pixar, expectations couldn't be higher for "Cars," the forthcoming film in what has been one of the most successful collaborations in Hollywood history.
Disney and Pixar's first major collaboration, 1995's "Toy Story," earned $192 million, just at the U.S. box office, and led to a sequel that earned nearly a quarter of a billion dollars.
A Bug's Life," "Monsters, Inc.," "Finding Nemo" and "The Incredibles" combined brought in an additional billion — with "Nemo" second only to "The Lion King" as the all-time box office champ among animated features.
But even those numbers are dwarfed if you add in DVD sales, product merchandising, and the international box office.
It's no wonder that when movie theater owners gathered last month at the UBS Global Media Conference, "Cars" was singled out as one of the top films that could help rescue Hollywood from another dreary year of ticket sales.