Disney has changed release dates for two high-profile Pixar sequels.
The Incredibles 2 will now hit theaters on June 15, 2018 while Toy Story 4will hit theaters on June 21, 2019. The two films are swapping dates thanks to an accelerated production schedule for Incredibles 2, Disney insiders say.
Oscar-winning director Brad Bird is directing Incredibles 2, the follow-up to his hit 2004 film that grossed north of $633 million globally following its early November launch, including $70.4 million domestically, the second-biggest opening at the time for an animated title.
The mid-June corridor has always been a favorite landing place for Pixar movies. Toy Story 3 debuted on June 18, 2010 on its way to earning a record-breaking $1.067 billion at the global box office, becoming the first animated movie to join the billion-dollar club, not accounting for inflation. (Disney Animation Studios' Frozen and Zootopia and Pixar's Finding Dory, along with Universal and Illumination's Minions would later become club members as well).
Pixar has been cautious when it comes to making sequels. Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger announced The Incredibles 2 sequel in March 2014, a full decade after the first film played in theaters.
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PUMBAA & TIMON THE LION KING (1994)
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