List of highest-grossing animated films

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The following is a non-definitive list of the all-time highest-grossing animated films.

Highest-grossing animated films[edit]

Eighty-four percent of the films in the top 50 were released after 2000 and 2010, 2011 & 2012 are the most represented years on the list, with five films each. Many films that were released during the 20th century do not appear on this list because ticket-price inflation, population size and ticket purchasing trends are not considered. In 2009, 3D technology in films was on the rise, leading to inflated ticket prices worldwide.[1] Nine of the movies on this list also appear on the worldwide highest-grossing films of all time. Figures are given in United States dollars (USD). The films on this chart have all had a theatrical run (including re-releases) since 1992, and films that have not played since then do not appear on the chart due to ticket-price inflation, population size and ticket purchasing trends not being considered.

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Highest-grossing animated films[2]
Rank Title Worldwide gross Year Ref
1 Frozen film currently playing $1,274,860,795 2013 [# 1]
2 Toy Story 3 $1,063,171,911 2010 [# 2]
3 The Lion King $987,483,777 1994 [# 3]
4 Despicable Me 2 $970,761,885 2013 [# 4]
5 Finding Nemo $936,743,261 2003 [# 5]
6 Shrek 2 $919,838,758 2004 [# 6]
7 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $886,686,817 2009 [# 7]
8 Ice Age: Continental Drift $877,244,782 2012 [# 8]
9 Shrek the Third $798,958,162 2007 [# 9]
10 Shrek Forever After $752,600,867 2010 [# 10]
11 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted $746,921,274 2012 [# 11]
12 Monsters University $743,559,607 2013 [# 12]
13 Up $731,342,744 2009 [# 13]
14 Kung Fu Panda 2 $665,692,281 2011 [# 14]
15 Ice Age: The Meltdown $655,388,158 2006 [# 15]
16 Kung Fu Panda $631,744,560 2008 [# 16]
17 The Incredibles $631,442,092 2004 [# 17]
18 Ratatouille $623,722,818 2007 [# 18]
19 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa $603,900,354 2008 [# 19]
20 Tangled $591,794,936 2010 [# 20]
21 The Croods $587,204,668 2013 [# 21]
22 Monsters, Inc. $562,816,256 2001 [# 22]
23 Cars 2 $559,852,396 2011 [# 23]
24 Puss in Boots $554,709,226 2011 [# 24]
25 Despicable Me $543,113,985 2010 [# 25]
26 How to Train Your Dragon 2 film currently playing $538,982,838 2014 [# 26]
27 Brave $538,788,207 2012 [# 27]
28 Madagascar $532,680,671 2005 [# 28]
29 The Simpsons Movie $527,071,022 2007 [# 29]
30 WALL-E $521,311,860 2008 [# 30]
31 Aladdin $504,050,219 1992 [# 31]
32 Rio 2 film currently playing $495,598,857 2014 [# 32]
33 How to Train Your Dragon $494,878,759 2010 [# 33]
34 Toy Story 2 $490,728,379 1999 [# 34]
35 Rio $484,635,760 2011 [# 35]
36 Shrek $484,409,218 2001 [# 36]
37 Wreck-It Ralph $471,222,889 2012 [# 37]
38 The Lego Movie film currently playing $468,016,507 2014 [# 38]
39 Cars $461,983,149 2006 [# 39]
40 Tarzan $448,191,819 1999 [# 40]
41 Beauty and the Beast $424,967,620 1991 [# 41]
42 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs $418,000,000 1937 [# 42]
43 Happy Feet $384,335,608 2006 [# 43]
44 Ice Age $383,257,136 2002 [# 44]
45 Monsters vs. Aliens $381,509,870 2009 [# 45]
46 The Adventures of Tintin $373,993,951 2011 [# 46]
47 Shark Tale $367,275,019 2004 [# 47]
48 A Bug's Life $363,398,565 1998 [# 48]
49 Toy Story $361,958,736 1995 [# 49]
50 Hotel Transylvania $358,375,603 2012 [# 50]

Computer[edit]

The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing computer animated films. 44 of these are on the Highest grossing animated films and eight are Highest grossing films The films on this chart have all had a theatrical run (including re-releases) since 1998, and films that have not played since then do not appear on the chart due to ticket-price inflation, population size and ticket purchasing trends not being considered.

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Highest-grossing computer-animated films[3]
Rank Title Worldwide gross Year Ref
1 Frozen film currently playing $1,274,860,795 2013 [# 1]
2 Toy Story 3 $1,063,171,911 2010 [# 2]
3 Despicable Me 2 $970,761,885 2013 [# 4]
4 Finding Nemo $936,743,261 2003 [# 5]
5 Shrek 2 $919,838,758 2004 [# 6]
6 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $886,686,817 2009 [# 7]
7 Ice Age: Continental Drift $877,244,782 2012 [# 8]
8 Shrek the Third $798,958,162 2007 [# 9]
9 Shrek Forever After $752,600,867 2010 [# 10]
10 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted $746,921,274 2012 [# 11]
11 Monsters University $743,559,607 2013 [# 12]
12 Up $731,342,744 2009 [# 13]
13 Kung Fu Panda 2 $665,692,281 2011 [# 14]
14 Ice Age: The Meltdown $655,388,158 2006 [# 15]
15 Kung Fu Panda $631,744,560 2008 [# 16]
16 The Incredibles $631,442,092 2004 [# 17]
17 Ratatouille $623,722,818 2007 [# 18]
18 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa $603,900,354 2008 [# 19]
19 Tangled $591,794,936 2010 [# 20]
20 The Croods $587,204,668 2013 [# 21]
21 Monsters, Inc. $562,816,256 2001 [# 22]
22 Cars 2 $559,852,396 2011 [# 23]
23 Puss in Boots $554,709,226 2011 [# 24]
24 Despicable Me $543,113,985 2010 [# 25]
25 How to Train Your Dragon 2 film currently playing $538,982,838 2014 [# 26]
26 Brave $538,788,207 2012 [# 27]
27 Madagascar $532,680,671 2005 [# 28]
28 WALL-E $521,311,860 2008 [# 30]
29 Rio 2 film currently playing $495,598,857 2014 [# 32]
30 How to Train Your Dragon $494,878,759 2010 [# 33]
31 Toy Story 2 $490,728,379 1999 [# 34]
32 Rio $484,635,760 2011 [# 35]
33 Shrek $484,409,218 2001 [# 36]
34 Wreck-It Ralph $471,222,889 2012 [# 37]
35 The Lego Movie film currently playing $468,016,507 2014 [# 38]
36 Cars $461,983,149 2006 [# 39]
37 Happy Feet $384,335,608 2006 [# 43]
38 Ice Age $383,257,136 2002 [# 44]
39 Monsters vs. Aliens $381,509,870 2009 [# 45]
40 The Adventures of Tintin $373,993,951 2011 [# 46]
41 Shark Tale $367,275,019 2004 [# 47]
42 A Bug's Life $363,398,565 1998 [# 48]
43 Toy Story $361,958,736 1995 [# 49]
44 Hotel Transylvania $358,375,603 2012 [# 50]
45 Dinosaur $349,822,765 2000 [# 51]
46 Dr. Seuss' The Lorax $348,840,316 2012 [# 52]
47 Over the Hedge $336,002,996 2006 [# 53]
48 Disney's A Christmas Carol $325,286,646 2009 [# 54]
49 Megamind $321,885,765 2010 [# 55]
50 Chicken Little $314,432,837 2005 [# 56]

Traditional[edit]

The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing traditionally animated films. 6 of these are on the Highest grossing animated films and only The Lion King is along the Highest grossing films. The films on this chart have all had a theatrical run (including re-releases) since 1972, and films that have not played since then do not appear on the chart due to ticket-price inflation, population size and ticket purchasing trends not being considered.

Highest-grossing traditionally animated films
Rank Title Worldwide gross Year Ref
1 The Lion King $987,483,777 1994
2 The Simpsons Movie $527,021,022 2007
3 Aladdin $504,050,219 1992
4 Tarzan $448,191,819 1999
5 Beauty and the Beast $424,967,620 1991
6 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs $418,000,000 1937 [# 42]
7 Pocahontas $346,079,773 1995
8 The Hunchback of Notre Dame $325,338,851 1996
9 Mulan $304,320,254 1998
10 Spirited Away $274,925,095 2002
11 Lilo & Stitch $273,144,151 2002
12 Bambi $267,447,150 1942
13 The Princess and the Frog $267,045,765 2009
14 Hercules $252,712,101 1997
15 Brother Bear $250,397,798 2003
16 Howl's Moving Castle $235,184,110 2004
17 The Prince of Egypt $218,613,188 1998
18 One Hundred and One Dalmatians $215,880,014 1961
19 The Little Mermaid $211,343,479 1989
20 The Jungle Book $205,843,612 1967
21 Ponyo $201,750,937 2009
22 Fritz the Cat $190,000,000 1972
23 Atlantis: The Lost Empire $186,053,725 2001
24 The Emperor's New Groove $169,327,687 2000
25 Pokémon: The First Movie $163,644,662 1998
26 Princess Mononoke $159,375,308 1997
27 An American Tail $150,000,000 1986
28 The Secret World of Arrietty $145,570,827 2010
29 The Rugrats Movie $140,894,675 1998
30 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie $140,161,792 2004
31 Peter Pan $140,000,000 1953
32 Anastasia $139,804,348 1997
33 The Jungle Book 2 $135,703,599 2003
34 The Wind Rises $135,119,273 2013 [# 57]
35 Pokémon: The Movie 2000 $133,949,270 1999
36 Beavis and Butt-Head Do America $123,118,386 1997
37 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron $122,563,539 2002
38 Return to Never Land $109,862,682 2002
39 Treasure Planet $109,578,115 2002
40 Home on the Range $103,951,461 2004
41 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie $103,291,131 2000
42 The Tigger Movie $96,159,800 2000
43 Lady and the Tramp $93,602,326 1955
44 Fantasia 2000 $90,874,570 1999
45 Cinderella $85,000,000 1950
46 The Land Before Time $84,460,846 1988
47 Pinocchio $84,254,167 1940
48 Fantasia $83,320,000 1940
49 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas $80,767,884 2003
50 One Piece: Film Z $77,822,122 2012

Anime[edit]

The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing anime films. 9 of those films are in the top 50 traditional animated films The films on this chart have all had a theatrical run (including re-releases) since 1997, and films that have not played since then do not appear on the chart due to ticket-price inflation, population size and ticket purchasing trends not being considered.

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Highest-grossing anime films[4]
Rank Title Worldwide gross Year
1 Spirited Away $274,925,095 2002
2 Howl's Moving Castle $235,184,110 2005
3 Ponyo $201,750,937 2009
4 Pokémon: The First Movie $163,644,662 1998
5 Princess Mononoke $159,375,308 1997
6 The Secret World of Arrietty $145,570,827 2010
7 The Wind Rises $135,119,273 2013
8 Pokémon: The Movie 2000 $133,949,270 1999
9 One Piece: Film Z $77,822,122 2012
10 Pokémon: Zoroark, Master of Illusions $71,143,529 2010
11 Tales from Earthsea $68,673,565 2006
12 Pokémon 3: The Movie $68,411,275 2001
13 From up on Poppy Hill $61,459,425 2011
14 Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo $60,487,945 2012
15 Pokémon: Black & White $57,082,491 2011
16 Wolf Children Ame and Yuki $53,923,613 2012
17 The Cat Returns $53,918,847 2002
18 Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life $50,673,078 2009
19 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods film currently playing $50,001,569 2013
20 One Piece: Strong World $49,199,136 2009

Stop motion[edit]

The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing stop motion films. The films on this chart have all had a theatrical run (including re-releases) since 1996, and films that have not played since then do not appear on the chart due to ticket-price inflation, population size and ticket purchasing trends not being considered.

Highest-grossing stop motion films[5]
Rank Title Worldwide gross Year
1 Chicken Run $224,834,564 2000
2 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit $192,610,372 2005
3 Coraline $124,596,398 2009
4 The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! $123,054,041 2012
5 Corpse Bride $117,195,061 2005
6 ParaNorman $107,139,399 2012
7 Frankenweenie $81,491,068 2012
8 The Nightmare Before Christmas $75,082,668 1993
9 Fantastic Mr. Fox $46,471,023 2009
10 James and the Giant Peach $37,734,758 1996

Timeline of highest-grossing animated film[edit]

At least 7 animated film has held the record of highest-grossing animated film. Disney & Pixar with Disney holding 4 times while Pixar held it 2 times the most. with Sherk 2 the only none Disney or Pixar film being made by Dreamworks. Snow white held it for the most 56 years. While Aladdin held for the least of 1 year. The Lion King was the last none CG animated film to hold the record Shrek 2 & Toy story 3 are the only sequels to hold the record. Finding Nemo was the first CG animated film. And the first 21th Century film to hold the record. All of those are still along Highest grossing animated films while only Snow white and Aladdin are the only ones not along the highest-grossing_films the lion king got the nearest it was rank 2.


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Title Established Record-setting gross Ref
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 $8,500,000[nb 1] [# 58][# 59]
1993 $418,000,000 [# 42]
Aladdin[nb 2] 1993 $504,050,219 [# 31]
The Lion King 1994 $768,000,000 [# 60]
2002 $783,841,776 [# 61]
Finding Nemo 2003 $867,893,978 [# 62]
Shrek 2 2004 $919,838,758 [# 6]
Toy Story 3 2010 $1,063,171,911 [# 2]
Frozen film currently playing 2014 $1,274,860,795 [# 1]

Highest-grossing animated franchises and film series[edit]

The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing animated film franchises. 4 are along the Highest-grossing_franchises_and_film_series the Sherk franchise is top grossing more than $3.5 billon. franchises needs to have at least 2 theatrically released films to get on this list. so franchise such as The Lion King are not on the list Despicable Me has the highest with a average of nearly $757 million per film.

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Highest-grossing animated franchises and film series[§] (The films in each franchise can be viewed by selecting "show")
Rank Series Total worldwide
box office
No. of films Average of films Highest-grossing film

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Snow White earned $8.5 million in gross rental upon its initial release, in the process becoming the highest-grossing sound film. The gross rental is the distributor's share of the box-office gross and was more commonly reported than the exhibition gross up to the 1970s.
  2. ^ It is possible Aladdin never took the record. Aladdin's release (1992–1993) coincided with a Snow White reissue, and it is possible that Snow White ended up grossing more. Snow White had grossed a total of $330 million up to 1987, and then added a further $88 million in North America from its 1987 and 1993 reissues; it is unknown how much Snow White made from these reissues outside of North America, but if the foreign gross matched or exceeded the North American gross then Snow White would have earned more.

References[edit]

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    August 9–10 2014: $135,512
    Total as of August 10, 2014: $248,251,563
    Total as of August 17, 2014: $248,757,837
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  53. ^ "Over the Hedge (2006)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  54. ^ "A Christmas Carol (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  55. ^ "Megamind (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  56. ^ "Chicken Little (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
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  62. ^ "Finding Nemo (2003)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on August 31, 2012. "Total prior to 3D reissue: $867,893,978" 
§ Franchise and series sources

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