It's official, folks. Well, sorta. Disney and Pixar are planning a third installment of the mega-successful Cars movie franchise. The news comes courtesy of Disney Company head Bob Iger, speaking at the company's shareholder's meeting last week, and via Twitter.

According to a report from Variety, the first Cars film raked in $461 million when it hit the big screen in 2006, $244 million of it coming from the United States market. The second film wasn't quite a successful at the domestic box office, bringing in $191 ($560 million worldwide), but sparked a frenzy of sales in the merchandising market, not to mention an entire theme park in Anaheim, CA.

There's no word on when we should expect to see Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater and the rest of the Cars 3 crew at a movie theater near you, but we'll keep you informed when we hear something official.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Less preachy, more funny. That's my recommendation.
      • 1 Year Ago
      'Cars 2' was pretty disappointing after the original. But I still look forward to seeing what they come up with for 'Cars 3'. I hope they bring it back to Radiator Springs and not a worldwide theme. On a side note, I REALLY wish they would have done a spinoff movie following the 18 wheeler trucks. They could have used Mack as the main character and showed life on the road for long haulers and delivery trucks/RVs in general. I thought it would have been an obvious and natural extension from the original 'Cars' to keep going with the American nostalgia, open road, and importance of this form of transportation to the vitality of the economy. My sons and I bought all the diecast 1:64 scale cars, but when I found a truck I was even more excited. There's a way better story in a Truck themed movie, than 'Cars 2' and even 'Planes' in my opinion. Maybe some day, but I think they missed the perfect opportunity to spin it off after the first 'Cars'
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gawd... as part of the Pixar franchise, I hope the storyline is ALOT better than the fluff from Cars 2.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know I'll get down voted like crazy for this, but as a huge Pixar fan, Cars needs to go away. To anyone that likes movies and admires Pixar, Cars has the reputation of the Mustang Cobra II, Metallica's St. Anger, and the Arch Deluxe. It's just...nasty. It's well known as the Pixar "Jump-the-Shark moment. Cars was the first movie Pixar did when you could tell that there'd been a very conscious and blatant effort to make a "toyetic" movie (google it - it's actually a thing and it's terrible). As a car enthusiast, I really wanted to like the movie - with the car references, I did to a point, but the references were pretty meager - but it was very clear that the marketers had much more control over the movie than had been the case with previous movies. It just lacked that heart and soul that other Pixar movies had. After viewing it in the theaters, I've never had the desire to watch it again. In contrast, I've seen The Incredibles, Monsters Inc., and the Toy Stories countless times and each time the experience is just as good as the last. Fast forward a few years and I'm on a plane on the way back to Afghanistan (3rd tour) after mid-tour leave. So, it's already a terrible, awful day (those that have deployed know this feeling all too well). Much to my chagrin, Cars 2 was playing on all the drop down TVs. After 30 minutes of suffering through a cartoon version of Larry the Cable Guy (which, to me, is redundant), I came to the conclusion that this was the worst day of my life. I'd been to war many times, but never before did the journey to the battlefield include a forced viewing of Pixar's destruction. I felt like Alex DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange as he's being subjected to his behavioral treatment as his favorite composer, Beethoven (Fifth Symphony) plays over the violent footage he's being forced to watch ("No. No! NO! Stop it! Stop it, please! I beg you! This is sin! This is sin! This is sin! It's a sin, it's a sin, it's a sin!"). Yes, Cars 2 was every bit as terrible and insulting to Pixar's history as everyone said. The world needs a Cars 3 like it needs Justin Bieber's music to be more accessible to impressionable kids.
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's going on at Pixar? They seem to be stuck on sequels that, let's face it, aren't nearly as good as the originals, aside from Toy Story. Cars 3? Come on Pixar, enough is enough.
        • 1 Year Ago
        There are no new ideas in Hollywood, just remakes and sequels.
      • 1 Year Ago
      NooooOOOooOOOoooouu...... First movie was very, very awesome, in best Pixar traditions. Second movie was very, very big crap. Honestly, they seem to have lost it lately. Monsters University was also very silly. For a animation movie it was fun and maybe one of the best, but definitely not what I would expect from Pixar. It was completely predictable and pointless.
        • 1 Year Ago
        I loved monster university actually. CARS 2 was crap though
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now that Disney owns Pixar, it's lost. Another visionary project of Steve Jobs.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It prints money so that they can make movies that don't suck. I'm with this.
      Joey McClary
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope the Miatas will be in the next one. I named my twin girls after them. Mia & Tia.
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      I hope it's better than 2, which I didn't bother to watch after seeing the trailer and reading the awful reviews, but the important news was The Incredibles 2 finally happening!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah Cars2 was a letdown compared to the original, but other than Godfather Part 2 what sequel isn't. And who was let down? The parents only. The kids don't care about the plotline at that age. PS: love Cars Land at DCA. Disney really outdid themselves with that area.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Look no further than Pixar itself. They've made 3 sequels: Cars 2, Toy Story 2, and Monster's University (technically a prequel) I thought Toy Story 2 and Monster's University were both better than the originals.
          • 1 Year Ago
          there is a toy story 3 in case you missed it and it is even better.
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