Pixar still has it

A while back I asked ‘How long can they keep it up?‘ I was pointing out that Pixar had delivered a total of ten movies, which at worst were very good, and eight of them were in the IMDB Top 250 list.

Now Toy Story 3, the eleventh, has been released, and in its first weekend of release in the US, has made $US109 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. According to IMDB, with 6,000+ votes it rates at 9.4/10, a ludicrous result. The more restrictive Top 250 list has it at #34 with a score of 8.6 — only ‘regular voters’ are counted for this, and the score is weighted to take into account the number of votes.

I haven’t seen the movie of course, but 8.6 seems like a more reasonable result. As the days and weeks pass, there will be two forces on this figure. First, the initial rush of voting by uncritical fans will die down, bringing down the front page figure and applying downwards pressure to the figure on the Top 250 page.

Second, as more valid votes are added, the weighting formula will give the result¬† a boost (the more votes, the closer to the actual headline rate that it’s allowed).

Meanwhile, I can think of only three other series of movies in which the third part largely measured up to, or was even better than, the first two. Using the IMDB front page votes we have:

Series Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3
Toy Story 8.2 8.0 9.4
Lord of the Rings 8.8 8.7 8.8
Star Wars (original) 8.8 8.8 8.3
The Bourne X 7.7 7.6 8.2

Perhaps I’m being too kind to Star Wars. Any others?

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3 Responses to Pixar still has it

  1. Chris says:

    I’m a little surprised that Toy Story 2 is scoring lower than the first, since it’s far superior to the original in my mind and still among Pixar’s best. I might have to consider actually going to see the third installment in theaters now (probably won’t happen).

    Trying to think of third installments of trilogies that measured up to or possibly even exceeded the first two… Kie?lowski’s Red from the Three Colours Trilogy or The Good, the Bad and the Ugly? I’m not sure if you could strictly call those sequels in a franchise-sense, however, so maybe Army of Darkness, Mission: Impossible III and Resident Evil: Extinction?

    Here is a listing of some additional trilogies at Wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_film_series_with_three_entries

    I suppose it gets more complicated if you consider film series with more than three entries.

    P.S. In your table, you have two Episode 3 columns.

  2. Stephen Dawson says:

    Whoops, fixed. Thanks Chris.

  3. Adrian says:

    How about:
    Dr No: 7.3
    From Russia With Love: 7.5
    Goldfinger: 7.9?

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