Disney's Pixar Hopes 'Inside Out' Rekindles Box Office Magic After Year Off

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Walt Disney's (DIS) Pixar Animation studio, the closest thing in Hollywood to a sure thing with 14 consecutive blockbusters, returns to theaters on June 19 with the film Inside Out in a bid to show the studio still has its box office magic.

The film, which stars the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Lewis Black, is Pixar's first film in two years after it delayed the release last year of the film The Good Dinosaur. Pixar replaced the director, and the film is now scheduled for release on Nov. 25.

During the time audiences have been without a Pixar film, the market for animated films have undergone a change. DreamWorks Animation (DWA) has struggled with its recent releases, while crowds have flocked to lower-budget and more raucous animated films such as Despicable Me, released by Comcast's (CMCSA) Universal studio.

Pixar's last film Monsters University in 2013 collected $268.5 million at the domestic box office, according to Box Office Mojo, well behind the $368.1 million registered for Despicable Me. That year, Disney set records with its film Frozen, a more traditional animation than Pixar's. Frozen generated sales of nearly $401 million.

Inside Out, most of which takes place inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl, has been widely praised by critics and received a rare 100% score from the online site Rotten Tomatoes, which said 24 of 24 critics gave the film what it calls a "fresh rating."

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