I don't think anyone in Hollywood doubted that Fox's
According to boxofficemojo.com, Robots grossed $36 million in displacing Disney's
I won't argue the relative strength of the two products, but for me, the success of Robots made me think mostly of the failure of Disney and Pixar
Now, don't worry, all you Pixar bulls out there. I do agree that your company is unique and has a lot of brand equity attached to it. But can Michael Eisner's wish to stand firm on his dealings with Steve Jobs be completely dismissed as self-aggrandizing, egomaniacal foolishness? Not this time. Why give up too much in the potential upside when you can either develop internal projects or hook up with an undervalued partner? After all, the technology is there, and even if you can't beat the grosses of Jobs et al., you at least get to count on a higher degree of cash flow control. One of the best essays I've ever read on this subject was constructed by the Fool's own Rick Munarriz.
None of this is to say that Pixar and DreamWorks Animation
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