While most eyes focus on Pixar, there's a studio on the right coast that keeps trucking:
Fox/Blue Sky Studios ... have greenlit the 3-D digital animated pic "Rio," which centers on a nerdy macaw who leaves the comforts of his cage in small-town Minnesota and heads to Rio de Janeiro.
Up is going to perform well through the month of June, probably very well. But then Blue Sky's new installment of its Ice Age franchise thunders into neighborhood multiplexes, and I expect that Up will, at that point, suffer a vertical drop.
Nothing to do with the quality of either picture, mind you, but it's good to face box office realities. Tent-pole type sequels have a lot of muscle with the ticket-buying public, and by July 1st the Pixar feature will have had a month working the turnstiles.
But what the hey. Both will do fine business. We'll see which animated extravaganza wins the summer cinema horse race soon enough.