“Cars 2” Tops Domestic Box Office Among This Year’s Animated Films (So Far)

The Walt Disney announced that its animated feature film with Pixars “Cars 2” has already earned $189 million in the U.S. since its first showing on June 24, 2011, making it the top grosser among this year’s animated features.

Combined with international earnings, “Cars 2” has now grossed $548 million to date, making it the 16th highest grossing animated film in global cinematic history. The film has also surpassed the worldwide box-office totals of other Disney/Pixar hits such as “Monsters, Inc.” and “WALL-E.”

“Cars 2” is the 12th feature-length animated film from Pixar Animation Studios. Its first 11 have earned $6.5 billion at the global box office.

The reported earnings of “Cars 2” is in line with the movie review by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine when he said:

“This is the real fast and furious and it’s even better than before. The sequel is a tree-burning burst of action and fun with a beating heart under its hood. You can bet “Cars 2″ will rev your engines.”

The Hollywood Post Alliance nominated “Cars” in two categories: Outstanding Editing-Feature Film (Stephen Schaffer, A.C.E./Pixar Animation Studios) and Outstanding Sound-Feature Film (Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Michael Silvers/Skywalker Sound).

John Lasseter directed “Cars 2,” a follow-up to his 2006 two-time Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning “Cars.” “Cars 2” is co-directed by Brad Lewis, producer of the Oscar-winning film “Ratatouille,” and produced by Denise Ream (associate producer, “Up”).

With three months left this year, will “Cars 2” maintain this dominance?