Cha-ching! ‘Cars 3’ speeds ahead as 18th straight Pixar film to earn $100 million at domestic box office

Whether or not it’s stalled at the 2018 Oscars, “Cars 3” is certainly speeding ahead at the domestic box office. This third “Cars” film from Pixar is now the animation studio’s 18th straight movie to cross the $100 million mark domestically. With millions more to come, might “Cars 3,” which just opened on June 16, end up outpacing both “Cars” ($244 million) and “Cars 2” ($191 million) in its final tally? Below, see how every Pixar film has fared in terms of their domestic earnings.

Film critics were mixed in their reviews of “Cars 3,” giving it a 59 score at Metacritic. That’s slightly better than the 57 score for “Cars 2” (2011) but far off from the 73 score for the original “Cars” (2006). At the Oscars, the original “Cars” was nominated for Best Animated Feature in 2006, though it lost out to those dancing penguins of “Happy Feet.” Meanwhile, the 2011 sequel failed to secure any Oscar bids, becoming the first Pixar flick to be completely shut out. See the list of Pixar’s Oscar winners and losers down in our photo gallery below.

Among the critics who heaped praises upon “Cars 3” — yes, there were some — is Drew Taylor (The Playlist) who writes, “The main thing you’ll feel from ‘Cars 3’ is joy; this is Pixar at its most radiant and playful.” Glenn Kenny (NY Times) notes, “If you can roll with it, the movie is both breezy fun and a pain-free life lesson delivery vehicle.” And Steve Persall (Tampa Bay Times) says, “‘Cars 3’ is a better time at the movies than ‘Cars 2’ led me to expect. Not exactly ringing praise but we take amusement from sequels where we can get it these days.”

Here’s the list of all 18 Pixar movies over the past 22 years, in order of their domestic box office hauls. The leader of the pack is last year’s “Finding Dory,” which earned a whopping $486 million despite getting snubbed at the Oscars.

1. “Finding Dory” (2016) — $486 million

2. “Toy Story 3” (2010) — $415 million

3. “Inside Out” (2015) — $356 million

4. “Finding Nemo” (2003) — $339 million

5. “Up” (2009) — $293 million

6. “Monsters University” (2013) — $268 million

7. “The Incredibles” (2004) — $261 million

8. “Monsters, Inc.” (2001) — $255 million

9. “Toy Story 2” (1999) — $245 million

10. “Cars” (2006) — $244 million

11. “Brave” (2012) — $237 million

12. “WALL-E” (2008) — $223 million

13. “Ratatouille” (2007) — $206 million

14. “Toy Story” (1995) — $191 million

15. “Cars 2” (2011) — $191 million

16. “A Bug’s Life” (1998) — $162 million

17. “The Good Dinosaur” (2015) — $123 million

18. “Cars 3” (2017) — $101 million and counting

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