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Turns out not everyone loves Toy Story 3

07.02.2010

Here in the US, TOY STORY 3 had the biggest opening weekend of any Pixar film and has gone on to gross just over $250 million. Critical reviews were also glowing with the film currently at an amazing 99% "fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatoes. But not everyone loves TOY STORY 3.

When Disney refused to release box-office data for TOY STORY 3 from Russia, the LA Times decided to investigate why the studio would hold back the numbers. Russia, after all, is one of the biggest territories for international cinema. SHREK FOREVER AFTER grossed $37 million in its first week and ICE AGE 3 made $35 million in the same period of time. But it turns out that the Russkies aren't big fans of this animated film.

Throughout its first week TOY STORY 3 grossed only $4.8 million, which you can compare with the numbers from other animated franchises like SHREK and ICE AGE above. And it turns out that it's not just TOY STORY as Russia hasn't warmed up to any of the Pixar films (though it seems TOY STORY seems to be performing poorly even by those standards). So what gives?

One reason given was that this summer is oppressively hot and many kids were sent to cooler areas of the country where theaters might not be as prevalent. (BTW, I checked and "oppressively hot" in Russia is about 80 degrees...) Another reason is that the theater boom in Russia happened somewhat recently and their kids didn't grow up with the TOY STORY franchise, which began in 1995.

I'm sure it isn't going to make a lick of difference to the fine people at Pixar who are just happy doing what they're doing. As the old saying goes, you can't please all the people all the time.

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Extra Tidbit: Meanwhile they loved PRINCE OF PERSIA. Go figure...
Source: LA Times

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7:04AM on 07/06/2010

Meh

Just saw it....it was an ok movie, but is easily the worst of the 3 Toy Story movies. It's difficulties stem from a few flaws, such as the overly-intense nature of the bad guy, the almost forced attempt to make everyone feel guilty that they throw their toys away, and the length of the movie itself.

So, meh. We didn't really need this latest chapter.
Just saw it....it was an ok movie, but is easily the worst of the 3 Toy Story movies. It's difficulties stem from a few flaws, such as the overly-intense nature of the bad guy, the almost forced attempt to make everyone feel guilty that they throw their toys away, and the length of the movie itself.

So, meh. We didn't really need this latest chapter.
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2:31AM on 07/06/2010
I just saw it on Monday. Dare I say it was even better than the previous two? I think in my opinion it was definitely just as good, and might have been better! Pixar knows how to make films! Maybe the Russians can't relate because it's more of an American film with American concepts. I would think that a young boy who grows up with his toys, and then leaves for college would be an international concept.
I just saw it on Monday. Dare I say it was even better than the previous two? I think in my opinion it was definitely just as good, and might have been better! Pixar knows how to make films! Maybe the Russians can't relate because it's more of an American film with American concepts. I would think that a young boy who grows up with his toys, and then leaves for college would be an international concept.
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12:49PM on 07/04/2010
Just saw this yesterday- it was fantastic.
Just saw this yesterday- it was fantastic.
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1:12AM on 07/04/2010

meh..

just saw the movie this past friday night and i loved it. but i dont get the whole 10/10 bandwagon everyone hopped on. its a great film, no doubt. but it isn't even top 3 for pizar imo.

3. Toy Story 1
2. Wall-e
1. The Incredibles
just saw the movie this past friday night and i loved it. but i dont get the whole 10/10 bandwagon everyone hopped on. its a great film, no doubt. but it isn't even top 3 for pizar imo.

3. Toy Story 1
2. Wall-e
1. The Incredibles
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2:43PM on 07/03/2010

I don't care...

about Toy Story and I'm not even Russian. Do I have the right not to be interested in Toy story 3?
about Toy Story and I'm not even Russian. Do I have the right not to be interested in Toy story 3?
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11:01AM on 07/03/2010
damn double post
damn double post
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10:59AM on 07/03/2010
It's weird but this makes perfect sense to me. I'm part Russian and I can't stand Tom Hanks and Tim Allen and those stale characters. Good for our friends from the east for embracing a truly great franchise, the Shrek films.
It's weird but this makes perfect sense to me. I'm part Russian and I can't stand Tom Hanks and Tim Allen and those stale characters. Good for our friends from the east for embracing a truly great franchise, the Shrek films.
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3:06PM on 07/03/2010
Haha this guy's just gotta be messing with us at this point, right? Right? :-/
Haha this guy's just gotta be messing with us at this point, right? Right? :-/
2:57PM on 07/05/2010
Wow, just wow. Is John Lasseter your mom's ex or something? Hatred of quality is just insanely weird.

I will say this for the majority of the Russians I met when I went there years ago: They loved pop culture of America and preferred quantity over quality. Guess some things haven't changed in 20 years.
Wow, just wow. Is John Lasseter your mom's ex or something? Hatred of quality is just insanely weird.

I will say this for the majority of the Russians I met when I went there years ago: They loved pop culture of America and preferred quantity over quality. Guess some things haven't changed in 20 years.
1:48AM on 07/03/2010
They don't know what they're missing. Nuff said.
They don't know what they're missing. Nuff said.
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8:11PM on 07/02/2010
Who cares it's Russia. That country and it's people have always been 5th rate. Lesbian pop duo TaTu, Cosmonauts, and vodka are all they have to offer.
Who cares it's Russia. That country and it's people have always been 5th rate. Lesbian pop duo TaTu, Cosmonauts, and vodka are all they have to offer.
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3:37PM on 07/02/2010
Maybe Armond White is a Russian?
Maybe Armond White is a Russian?
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3:06PM on 07/02/2010
they don't know what they're missing!
they don't know what they're missing!
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12:07PM on 07/02/2010
Toy Story 3 bored the hell out of me.
Toy Story 3 bored the hell out of me.
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7:06AM on 07/06/2010
Take solace...it was too long and the worst of the 3.
Take solace...it was too long and the worst of the 3.
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12:05PM on 07/02/2010
Fuckin' Commies.

Just kidding :P I love you guys. But watch more Pixar plztnkskbai.
Fuckin' Commies.

Just kidding :P I love you guys. But watch more Pixar plztnkskbai.
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11:32AM on 07/02/2010
maybe pixar needs to draw in big wool hats with ear flaps on woody and buzz, and give them vodka bottles. "oh you got a comrade in me!"
maybe pixar needs to draw in big wool hats with ear flaps on woody and buzz, and give them vodka bottles. "oh you got a comrade in me!"
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11:07AM on 07/02/2010
I'm from Argentina! Every Disney movie is huge here, and PIXAR movies even more. Even OLD DOGS & PERSIA performed great. In this country any movie that surpase a million viewers is a BIG HIT and TS3 is already at 1.5 millions and we have vacations in a few weeks so it'll probably end with almost 3 millions viewers, in the line of AVATAR here. In comparison IRON MAN 2 or PERSIA got an attendance of 700.000 viewers and were succesful.
I'm from Argentina! Every Disney movie is huge here, and PIXAR movies even more. Even OLD DOGS & PERSIA performed great. In this country any movie that surpase a million viewers is a BIG HIT and TS3 is already at 1.5 millions and we have vacations in a few weeks so it'll probably end with almost 3 millions viewers, in the line of AVATAR here. In comparison IRON MAN 2 or PERSIA got an attendance of 700.000 viewers and were succesful.
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11:04AM on 07/02/2010
Disney: There's nothing to see here people, move along.
Disney: There's nothing to see here people, move along.
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10:54AM on 07/02/2010
It did poorly here in Romania as well. It debuted at #2 with 50k USD (yes, small country, few theaters :D). For comparison, Sex and the City 2 debuted with 130k USD, while Prince of Persia did more than 600k USD so far.
Not that anyone cares about the numbers from Romania anyway :P
It did poorly here in Romania as well. It debuted at #2 with 50k USD (yes, small country, few theaters :D). For comparison, Sex and the City 2 debuted with 130k USD, while Prince of Persia did more than 600k USD so far.
Not that anyone cares about the numbers from Romania anyway :P
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4:53PM on 07/02/2010
well, it's always nice to get a perspective on things
well, it's always nice to get a perspective on things
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10:47AM on 07/02/2010

well that sucks

At least it's not something like the Russian's think there are Cold War undertones and think it's American propaganda.
At least it's not something like the Russian's think there are Cold War undertones and think it's American propaganda.
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10:45AM on 07/02/2010
Whatever, their loss over there. I'll support this movie again by seeing it once more this weekend, how do you like that?

Oh and on a side note, Prince of Persia totally sucked. Sorry.
Whatever, their loss over there. I'll support this movie again by seeing it once more this weekend, how do you like that?

Oh and on a side note, Prince of Persia totally sucked. Sorry.
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10:31AM on 07/02/2010
Sorry, double post.
Sorry, double post.
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10:23AM on 07/02/2010
Am I the only one who though Toy Story 3 was pretty much a paint by numbers sequel? All that talk about waiting for the right script seems pretty silly to me. It wrapped up the films pretty much how you expect.
Am I the only one who though Toy Story 3 was pretty much a paint by numbers sequel? All that talk about waiting for the right script seems pretty silly to me. It wrapped up the films pretty much how you expect.
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10:43AM on 07/02/2010
i wouldn't know. i haven't seen toy story 3. i'm not really in to watching kid's movies.
i wouldn't know. i haven't seen toy story 3. i'm not really in to watching kid's movies.
7:08AM on 07/06/2010
Agreed. Unnecessary sequel and not really fun to watch.
Agreed. Unnecessary sequel and not really fun to watch.
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10:17AM on 07/02/2010

How very unfair

Russia gets Toy Story 3 before the UK and they don't even have the good grace to go see it. I for one can't wait to finally see this. Roll on July 23rd!
Russia gets Toy Story 3 before the UK and they don't even have the good grace to go see it. I for one can't wait to finally see this. Roll on July 23rd!
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10:13AM on 07/02/2010

Stupid Russians

I bet Miquel with be hip to this news. Wait for it....
I bet Miquel with be hip to this news. Wait for it....
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10:16AM on 07/02/2010
Miguelito I mean.
Miguelito I mean.
11:01AM on 07/03/2010
i LOVE this news
i LOVE this news
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