Inside Out 2 Might Be The Movie Pixar Has Been Chasing For 4 Years



  • Inside Out 2’s trailer has generated tremendous audience engagement, surpassing the record for the biggest animated trailer launch in Disney’s history.
  • The success of the trailer suggests that Inside Out 2 could be Pixar’s first blockbuster since Toy Story 4, which grossed $1 billion at the global box office.
  • While the trailer launch is promising, the ultimate success of Inside Out 2 will depend on its quality and ability to compete with other major releases in 2024.



Disney Pixar’s Inside Out 2 will hit theaters in Summer 2024, and it’s so far promising to be the kind of success the studio has been chasing. Recent Pixar movies have significantly underperformed at the box office, with Elemental receiving a disappointing turnout for its opening weekend. It’s been the same story time and time again. Lightyear, Turning Red, Luca, Soul—each of these Pixar movies failed to pull the audience’s attention. However, based on the audience engagement with the Inside Out 2 trailer, this sequel may be precisely what the House of Mouse’s studio needs to turn things around.

The first Inside Out movie was released in 2015 and introduced the idea that a person’s thoughts could be personified into individual characters inside their heads. Each emotion—Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness—was an individual character who contributed their voices to the greater consciousness. It was a complex idea made fun and adorable, allowing Inside Out to explore Riley’s changing emotions and teach children and adults alike to embrace all feelings, even the “negative” ones. Something about this idea struck gold with audiences, and the film brought in $860 million at the global box office. Now, it looks like Inside Out 2 could do even better.

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Inside Out 2 Could Be Pixar’s Biggest Movie Since Toy Story 4

Inside Out 2, Toy Story 5

Pixar has dropped the teaser trailer for Inside Out 2, and it quickly broke the internet. In the 24 hours following the release, the video garnered a whopping 157 million views between YouTube and TikTok, making Inside Out 2 the biggest animated trailer launch in Disney history (via Variety). The previous record holder had been the 2019 movie Frozen 2, which gained 116.2 million views in the same 24-hour window. Since the Frozen sequel made $1.5 billion at the global box office, this is an excellent sign for Inside Out 2.

If the successful trailer launch for Inside Out 2 foreshadows a blockbuster, it would be the first for Pixar since Toy Story 4. The 2019 film made $1 billion at the global box office, with $121 million of this earned in the opening weekend alone. It was an impressive success for the studio, especially considering the movie was the fourth installment in the Toy Story franchise. Pixar has been doing its best to duplicate this success ever since, with several significant movies released in the years following. Unfortuantely, these have all been a no-go—but it seems that Inside Out 2 has a great chance of turning things around.

Will Inside Out 2 Be Pixar’s Next $1 Billion Movie?


Of course, a successful trailer launch doesn’t guarantee a billion-dollar movie. It will all come down to how many people are inspired by what they saw to buy a ticket and head to the theaters to see Inside Out 2 following its June 14, 2024 release. The Pixar film will have to compete with other major projects expected to be released around the same time. Sony Picture’s Garfield will be released in May 2024, and considering it features The Super Mario Bros Movie‘s Chris Pratt, this could mean some significant competition. Then, in July 2024, Despicable Me 4 will hit theaters, and this is another franchise that has historically done well at the box office.

Additionally, and more obviously, Inside Out 2 will need to be good. If the first batch of audiences going to theaters on opening day don’t enjoy the film, they won’t tell their friends to go watch it next. Scrutiny is often much higher for sequels since they need to continue their stories in meaningful ways (rather than superficially to rake in more cash). Thankfully, Disney and Pixar have proven that sequels can be massive successes. Each Toy Story movie has managed to outdo the last, and Frozen 2 was Disney’s biggest movie yet. Hopefully, despite Pixar’s recent failures, Inside Out 2 can follow the big sequel trend.

Source: Variety

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