List of highest-grossing animated films

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Included on the list are charts of the top box-office earners, a chart of high-grossing animated films by calendar year, a timeline showing the transition of the highest-grossing animated film record, and a chart of the highest-grossing animated film franchises and series. All charts are ranked by international theatrical box office performance where possible, excluding income derived from home video, broadcasting rights and merchandise.

Animated family films have performed consistently well at the box office, with Disney films enjoying lucrative re-releases prior to the home video era. Disney also enjoyed later success with its Pixar brand, of which the Toy Story films, the Finding Nemo films, and Inside Out have been the best performers; beyond Pixar animation, the Shrek, Ice Age, Madagascar and Despicable Me series have met with the most success. The Peter Pan, Jungle Book, Mickey Mouse and Bambi series saw successful returns after lying dormant for decades.

DreamWorks Animation films have grossed the most, with nearly $13.5 billion across 32 films,[1] while Illumination Entertainment films have the best average with $723.8 million [2] per film across 5 films.

An animated feature film is defined as a motion picture with a running time of more than 40 minutes, in which movement and characters’ performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique. Motion capture by itself is not an animation technique. In addition, a significant number of the major characters must be animated, and animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the picture's running time.

—Rule Seven - Special Rules For The Animated Feature Film Award : I. Definition

Highest-grossing animated films[edit]

The chart below lists the highest grossing animated films. Figures are given in United States dollars (USD). Many films that were released during the 20th century do not appear on this list as figures have not been adjusted for inflation. Eighty-eight percent of the films in the top 50 were released after 2000. 2010 is the most represented year on the list, with five films. All films in the Shrek, main series Madagascar, Despicable Me, Finding Nemo main series of Cars, Monsters, Inc., Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Rio franchises are in the top 50 highest-grossing animated films. While the Toy Story and Ice Age franchises feature prominently, Shrek is the most represented franchise, with 5 films. DreamWorks Animation and Pixar are the most represented studios, with 14 films on the list each.

The top 12 movies on this list are also among the top 50 worldwide highest-grossing films of all time. The four highest-grossing animated films, Frozen, Minions, Toy Story 3 and Zootopia, have grossed in excess of $1 billion worldwide. When adjusted for inflation Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs would appear at the top of the chart with an adjusted gross of $1.819 billion.[3]

The films on this list have all had a theatrical run (including re-releases) since 1993. 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.

Animated/live-action films can be considered for this list if they meet the criteria that 75% of the footage is animation and a significant number of the major characters are animated.[4]

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Highest-grossing animated films[5]
Rank Peak Title Worldwide gross Year Ref
1[nb 1] 1 Frozen $1,287,000,000 2013 [# 1][# 2]
2 2 Minions $1,159,398,397 2015 [# 3]
3 1 Toy Story 3 $1,066,969,703 2010 [# 4][# 5]
4 4 Zootopia film currently playing $1,023,227,498 2016 [# 6]
5 2[nb 2] Despicable Me 2 $970,761,885 2013 [# 7][# 8]
6 1 The Lion King $968,483,777 1994 [# 9][# 10]
7 1 Finding Nemo $940,335,536 2003 [# 11][# 12]
8 1 Shrek 2 $919,838,758 2004 [# 13][# 14]
9 9 Finding Dory film currently playing $916,221,557 2016 [# 15]
10 2 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $886,686,817 2009 [# 16][# 17]
11 5 Ice Age: Continental Drift $877,244,782 2012 [# 18][# 19]
12 10 Inside Out $857,611,174 2015 [# 20]
13 3 Shrek the Third $798,958,162 2007 [# 21][# 22]
14 6 Shrek Forever After $752,600,867 2010 [# 23][# 24]
15 8 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted $746,921,274 2012 [# 25][# 26]
16 11 Monsters University $744,229,437 2013 [# 27][# 28]
17 6 Up $735,099,082 2009 [# 29][# 30]
18 18 The Secret Life of Pets film currently playing $675,472,689 2016 [# 31][# 32]
19 9 Kung Fu Panda 2 $665,692,281 2011 [# 33][# 34]
20 4 Ice Age: The Meltdown $661,483,908 2006 [# 35][# 36]
21 16 Big Hero 6 $657,818,612 2014 [# 37][# 38]
22 4 The Incredibles $633,019,734 2004 [# 39][# 40]
23 6 Kung Fu Panda $631,744,560 2008 [# 41][# 42]
24 19 How to Train Your Dragon 2 $621,537,519 2014 [# 43][# 44]
25 7 Ratatouille $620,702,951 2007 [# 45][# 46]
26 9 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa $603,900,354 2008 [# 47][# 48]
27 14 Tangled $591,794,936 2010 [# 49][# 50]
28 18 The Croods $587,204,668 2013 [# 51][# 52]
29 2 Monsters, Inc. $577,425,734 2001 [# 53][# 54]
30 16 Cars 2 $562,110,557 2011 [# 55][# 56]
31 17 Puss in Boots $554,987,477 2011 [# 57][# 58]
32 14 Despicable Me $543,113,985 2010 [# 59][# 50]
33 21 Brave $540,437,063 2012 [# 60][# 61]
34 12 WALL-E $533,281,433 2008 [# 62][# 63]
35 4 Madagascar $532,680,671 2005 [# 64][# 40]
36 8 The Simpsons Movie $527,071,022 2007 [# 65][# 66]
37 35 Kung Fu Panda 3 $519,881,355 2016 [# 67]
38 1 Aladdin $504,050,219 1992 [# 68][# 10]
39 32 Rio 2 $500,188,435 2014 [# 69][# 44]
40 3 Toy Story 2 $497,366,869 1999 [# 70][# 10]
41 19 How to Train Your Dragon $494,878,759 2010 [# 71][# 72]
42 25 Rio $484,635,760 2011 [# 73][# 74]
43 4 Shrek $484,409,218 2001 [# 75][# 10]
44 41 Hotel Transylvania 2 $473,226,958 2015 [# 76]
45 31 Wreck-It Ralph $471,222,889 2012 [# 77][# 78]
46 38 The Lego Movie $469,160,692 2014 [# 79][# 80]
47 11 Cars $462,216,280 2006 [# 81][# 82]
48 4 Tarzan $448,191,819 1999 [# 83][# 10]
49 2 Beauty and the Beast $424,967,620 1991 [# 84][# 10]
50 1 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs $418,200,000 1937 [# 85][# 86]

Highest-grossing animated films by animation type[edit]

Computer animation[edit]

The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing computer animated films. 96% of films in the top 50 were released after 2000. 2010 and 2011 are the most represented years on the list, with 5 films each.

All films in the Shrek, Toy Story, main movies of Madagascar, Despicable Me, main series of Cars, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon franchises are on the list while the Ice Age franchise features often. Shrek is the most represented franchise with five films. DreamWorks Animation is the most represented studio with 16 films on the list.

The top 44 films listed are also among the highest-grossing animated films, the top 10 are among the 50 highest grossing films, and the top four have each grossed in excess of $1 billion worldwide.

The films on this chart have all had a theatrical run (including re-releases) since 2001, 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 [6]
Rank Peak Title Worldwide gross Year Ref
1[nb 1] 1 Frozen $1,287,000,000 2013 [# 1][# 87]
2 2 Minions $1,159,398,397 2015 [# 3]
3 1 Toy Story 3 $1,066,969,703 2010 [# 4][# 88]
4 4 Zootopia film currently playing $1,023,227,498 2016 [# 6]
5 2 Despicable Me 2 $970,761,885 2013 [# 7][# 89]
6 1 Finding Nemo $940,335,536 2003 [# 11][# 90]
7 1 Shrek 2 $919,838,758 2004 [# 13][# 91]
8 8 Finding Dory film currently playing $916,221,557 2016 [# 15]
9 2 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $886,686,817 2009 [# 16][# 92]
10 5 Ice Age: Continental Drift $877,244,782 2012 [# 18][# 93]
11 9 Inside Out $857,611,174 2015 [# 20]
12 2 Shrek the Third $798,958,162 2007 [# 21][# 94]
13 6 Shrek Forever After $752,600,867 2010 [# 23][# 88]
14 7 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted $746,921,274 2012 [# 25][# 95]
15 10 Monsters University $744,229,437 2013 [# 27][# 96]
16 5 Up $735,099,082 2009 [# 29][# 97]
17 17 The Secret Life of Pets film currently playing $675,472,689 2016 [# 31][# 98]
18 8 Kung Fu Panda 2 $665,692,281 2011 [# 33][# 99]
19 3 Ice Age: The Meltdown $661,483,908 2006 [# 35][# 100]
20 15 Big Hero 6 $657,818,612 2014 [# 37][# 101]
21 3 The Incredibles $633,019,734 2004 [# 39][# 102]
22 5 Kung Fu Panda $631,744,560 2008 [# 41][# 103]
23 18 How to Train Your Dragon 2 $621,537,519 2014 [# 43][# 104]
24 6 Ratatouille $620,702,951 2007 [# 45][# 46]
25 8 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa $603,900,354 2008 [# 47][# 105]
26 13 Tangled $591,794,936 2010 [# 49][# 106]
27 17 The Croods $587,204,668 2013 [# 51][# 107]
28 1 Monsters, Inc. $577,425,734 2001 [# 53][# 90]
29 15 Cars 2 $562,110,557 2011 [# 55][# 99]
30 16 Puss in Boots $554,987,477 2011 [# 57][# 108]
31 13 Despicable Me $543,113,985 2010 [# 59][# 106]
32 20 Brave $540,437,063 2012 [# 60][# 95]
33 10 WALL-E $533,281,433 2008 [# 62][# 109]
34 3 Madagascar $532,680,671 2005 [# 64][# 102]
35 33 Kung Fu Panda 3 $519,881,355 2016 [# 67]
36 29 Rio 2 $500,188,435 2014 [# 69][# 104]
37 1 Toy Story 2 $497,366,869 1999 [# 70][# 10]
38 16 How to Train Your Dragon $494,878,759 2010 [# 71][# 72]
39 22 Rio $484,635,760 2011 [# 73][# 110]
40 2 Shrek $484,409,218 2001 [# 75][# 10]
41 38 Hotel Transylvania 2 $473,226,958 2015 [# 76]
42 28 Wreck-It Ralph $471,222,889 2012 [# 77][# 111]
43 35 The Lego Movie $469,160,692 2014 [# 79][# 112]
44 8 Cars $462,216,280 2006 [# 81][# 113]
45 40 Home $386,041,607 2015 [# 114][# 115]
46 8 Happy Feet $384,335,608 2006 [# 116][# 117]
47 2 Ice Age $383,257,136 2002 [# 118][# 119]
48 16 Monsters vs. Aliens $381,509,870 2009 [# 120][# 121]
49 29 The Adventures of Tintin $373,993,951 2011 [# 122][# 123]
50 1 Toy Story $373,554,033 1995 [# 124][# 10]

Stop-motion animation[edit]

The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing stop motion films. 80% of the top 25 were released after 2000. 2009 and 2015 are the most represented years on the list, with four films each.

Aardman and Laika are the most represented studios with five films each on the list. All stop-motion feature films by Aardman, DreamWorks Animation, Laika and Tim Burton are on the list. All films in the Wallace and Gromit Franchise are on the list.

The films on this chart have all had a theatrical run (including re-releases) since 1986, 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 stop motion films[7]
Rank Title Worldwide gross Year Ref
1 Chicken Run $224,834,564 2000 [# 125]
2 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit $192,610,372 2005 [# 126]
3 Coraline $124,596,398 2009 [# 127]
4 The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! $123,057,928 2012 [# 128]
5 Corpse Bride $117,195,061 2005 [# 129]
6 The Boxtrolls $109,285,033 2014 [# 130]
7 ParaNorman $107,139,399 2012 [# 131]
8 Shaun the Sheep Movie $106,031,284 2015 [# 132]
9 The Little Prince $97,571,250 2015 [# 133]
10 Frankenweenie $81,491,068 2012 [# 134]
11 The Nightmare Before Christmas $76,128,123 1993 [# 135]
12 Fantastic Mr. Fox $46,471,023 2009 [# 136]
13 James and the Giant Peach $28,946,127 1996 [# 137]
14 Kubo and the Two Strings film currently playing $16,160,434 2016 [# 138]
15 Monkeybone $13,034,364 2001 [# 139]
16 The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix $5,914,576 1975 [# 140]
17 Anomalisa $5,531,455 2015 [# 141]
18 Mary and Max $1,725,381 2009 [# 142]
19 Wallace & Gromit: The Best of Aardman Animation $1,009,577 1996 [# 143]
20 The Adventures of Mark Twain $849,915 1985 [# 144]
21 $9.99 $708,354 2008 [# 145]
22 Worms $688,009 2013 [# 146]
23 Moomins and the Comet Chase $618,307 2010 [# 147]
24 A Town Called Panic $196,176 2009 [# 148]
25 Hell and Back $157,768 2015 [# 149]

Traditional animation[edit]

The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing traditionally animated films. 44% of the films in the top 50 were released after 2000. 1998, 2000 and 2002 are the most represented years on the list, with 4 films each.

The Rugrats, Mickey Mouse and Pokémon franchises feature prominently. All of these five franchises are also the most represented with 2 films each. Disney is the most represented studio with 26 films on the list.

The top 6 films on this list are also on the highest-grossing animated films list. Only The Lion King is also on the list of the highest-grossing films, ranking in at 29th.

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 $968,483,777 1994 [# 9]
2 The Simpsons Movie $527,071,022 2007 [# 65]
3 Aladdin $504,050,219 1992 [# 68]
4 Tarzan $448,191,819 1999 [# 83]
5 Beauty and the Beast $424,967,620 1991 [# 84]
6 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs $418,200,000 1937 [# 85][# 86]
7 Pocahontas $346,079,773 1995 [# 150]
8 The Hunchback of Notre Dame $325,338,851 1996 [# 151]
9 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water $324,201,378 2015 [# 152]
10 Mulan $304,320,254 1998 [# 153]
11 Spirited Away $289,096,678 2001 [# 154]
12 Lilo & Stitch $273,144,151 2002 [# 155]
13 Bambi $267,447,150 1942 [# 156]
14 The Princess and the Frog $267,045,765 2009 [# 157]
15 Cinderella $263,591,415 1950 [# 158]
16 Hercules $252,712,101 1997 [# 159]
17 Brother Bear $250,397,798 2003 [# 160]
18 Howl's Moving Castle $235,184,110 2004 [# 161]
19 The Prince of Egypt $218,613,188 1998 [# 162]
20 One Hundred and One Dalmatians $215,880,014 1961 [# 163]
21 The Little Mermaid $211,343,479 1989 [# 164]
22 The Jungle Book $205,843,612 1967 [# 165]
23 Ponyo $201,750,937 2008 [# 166]
24 Atlantis: The Lost Empire $186,053,725 2001 [# 167]
25 The Emperor's New Groove $169,327,687 2000 [# 168]
26 Pokémon: The First Movie $163,644,662 1998 [# 169]
27 Princess Mononoke $159,375,308 1997 [# 170]
28 The Secret World of Arrietty $145,570,827 2010 [# 171]
29 Peter Pan $145,000,000 1953 [# 172]
30 The Rugrats Movie $140,894,675 1998 [# 173]
31 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie $140,161,792 2004 [# 174]
32 Anastasia $139,804,348 1997 [# 175]
33 The Wind Rises $136,454,220 2013 [# 176]
34 The Jungle Book 2 $135,703,599 2003 [# 177]
35 Pokémon: The Movie 2000 $133,949,270 1999 [# 178]
36 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron $122,563,539 2002 [# 179]
37 Return to Never Land $109,862,682 2002 [# 180]
38 Treasure Planet $109,578,115 2002 [# 181]
39 Home on the Range $103,951,485 2004 [# 182]
40 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie $103,291,131 2000 [# 183]
41 The Tigger Movie $96,159,800 2000 [# 184]
42 Lady and the Tramp $93,602,326 1955 [# 185]
43 Fantasia 2000 $90,874,570 1999 [# 186]
44 Fritz the Cat $90,000,000 1972 [# 187]
45 Pinocchio $87,000,862 1940 [# 188]
46 Big Fish & Begonia $85,023,628 2016 [# 189]
47 An American Tail $84,542,002 1986 [# 190]
48 The Land Before Time $84,460,846 1988 [# 191]
49 Fantasia $83,320,000 1940 [# 192]
50 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas $80,767,884 2003 [# 193]

Highest-grossing animated films by year[edit]

Every year since 1994, there has been at least one animated film grossing more than $250 million. 2010 is the year with the most animated films in the Top 10 with five.[# 194] The years 1937, 1940, 1942, 1950, 1953, 1955, 1961, 1967, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2004, 2010, and 2013 were the top high-grossing films by year. Every year since 2015 there has been at least one animated film in the top 10 highest grossing film of the year.[# 195]

Computer-animated films have been the highest earners in 1995 and every year since 1998, while 1975 and 1993 are the only years when a stop-motion animated feature grossed the highest. traditional animated films has top every other year.

All films in the Toy Story were the highest-grossing animated films of the year they were released. Ice Age and Doraemon have the most high-grossing animated films by year, with four films each. Disney has the most top grossing by year with 31 films.

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Year Title Worldwide gross Budget Ref(s)
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs $418,200,000+ ($8,500,000)R $1,488,423 [# 85][# 196][# 197]
1938 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1939 Gulliver's Travels $3,200,000* $700,000 [# 198][# 199]
1940 Pinocchio $87,000,862* ($3,500,000)R $2,600,000 [# 188][# 197][# 200]
1941 Dumbo $1,600,000* $950,000 [# 201][# 202]
1942 Bambi $267,447,150 ($3,449,353)R $1,700,000–2,000,000 [# 156][# 203][# 204]
1943 Victory Through Air Power $799,000* ~$789,000 [# 205]
1944 The Three Caballeros $700,000MX TBD [# 206][# 207]
1945 The Enchanted Sword ES€5,595,283ES (~$90,000) TBD [# 208]
1946 Make Mine Music $4,950,000* $1,370,000 [# 209][# 210]
1947 Fun and Fancy Free $2,400,000* TBD [8]
1948 Melody Time $1,850,000* TBD [9]
1949 TBD TBD TBD TBD
1950 Cinderella $263,591,415
($20,000,000/$7,800,000)*R
$2,200,000 [# 211][# 212][# 200]
1951 Alice in Wonderland $2,400,000* $3,000,000 [# 213][# 214]
1952 TBD TBD TBD TBD
1953 Peter Pan $145,000,000 ($7,000,000) $3,000,000–4,000,000 [# 172]
1954 TBD TBD TBD TBD
1955 Lady and the Tramp $93,602,326* ($6,500,000)*R $4,000,000 [# 185][# 215]
1956 TBD TBD TBD TBD
1957 TBD TBD TBD TBD
1958 TBD TBD TBD TBD
1959 Sleeping Beauty $51,600,000* ($5,300,000)R $6,000,000 [# 216][# 217][# 218][# 219]
1960 TBD TBD TBD TBD
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians $215,880,212 $3,600,000–4,000,000 [# 163][# 220][# 204]
1962 TBD TBD TBD TBD
1963 The Sword in the Stone $22,182,353*R ($13,050,777)*R $4,000,000 [# 221][# 222]
1964 Hey There, It's Yogi Bear $1,940,903*-$2,438,233*
($1,130,000)R
TBD [# 223][# 224][# 225]
1965 TBD TBD TBD TBD
1966 The Man Called Flintstone $2,764,684* TBD
1967 The Jungle Book $205,843,612
($170,800,000–199,475,744)
$3,900,000–4,000,000 [# 165][# 226][# 204]
1968 Out of an Old Man's Head SEK1,270,971SW (~$245,000)H TBD [# 227]
1969 A Boy Named Charlie Brown $12,000,000* $1,100,000 [# 228][# 229][# 230]
1970 The Aristocats $55,675,257* ($26,462,000)R $4,000,000 [# 231][# 232][# 233]
1971 Daisy Town SEK1,202,319SW (~$253,000) TBD [# 234]
1972 Fritz the Cat $90,000,000 $850,000 [# 187]
1973 Robin Hood $32,056,467* ($17,160,000)R $1,500,000-$15,000,000 [# 235][# 236][# 237]
1974 Dunderklumpen! SEK5,813,000SW (~$2,675,205.50)H TBD [# 238]
1975 The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix $5,914,576NW TBD [# 239]
1976 The Smurfs and the Magic Flute $19,000,000 TBD [# 240]
1977 The Rescuers $71,215,869* ($29,000,000)* $1,200,000-$8,000,000 [# 241][# 242]
1978 The Lord of the Rings $30,471,420* $4,000,000 [# 243][# 244]
1979 The Little Convict A$495,000AU (~$547,000) A$423,467 (~$468,000) [# 245]
1980 Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur ¥1,550,000,000JP (~$11,900,000) TBD [# 246]
1981 The Fox and the Hound $63,456,988* ($39,900,000)* $12,000,000 [# 247][# 248]
1982 The Secret of NIMH $14,665,733* $7,000,000 [# 249][# 250]
1983 Doraemon: Nobita and the Castle of the Undersea Devil ¥1,000,000,000JP (~$8,100,000) TBD [# 246]
1984 Doraemon: Nobita's Great Adventure into the Underworld ¥1,650,000,000JP (~$13,500,000) TBD [# 246]
1985 The Care Bears Movie $34,000,000 ($22,934,622)* $2,000,000-$4,500,000 [# 251][# 252]
1986 An American Tail $84,542,002* $9,000,000 [# 253]
1987 Doraemon: Nobita and the Knights on Dinosaurs ¥1,500,000,000JP (~$13,100,000) TBD [# 246]
1988 The Land Before Time $84,460,846 $12,300,000 [# 191][# 254]
1989 The Little Mermaid $211,343,479 ($84,355,863)* $40,000,000 [# 164][# 255]
1990 The Rescuers Down Under $47,431,461 TBD [# 256]
1991 Beauty and the Beast $424,967,620 ($351,863,363) $25,000,000 [# 84]
1992 Aladdin $504,050,219 $28,000,000 [# 68][# 204]
1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas $76,128,123 ($50,003,043)* $18,000,000 [# 135][# 257]
1994 The Lion King $968,483,777 ($766,964,132) $45,000,000–79,300,000 [# 258]
1995 Toy Story $373,554,033 ($361,958,736) $30,000,000 [# 124][# 259]
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame $325,338,851 $100,000,000 [# 151]
1997 Hercules $252,712,101 $85,000,000 [# 159]
1998 A Bug's Life $363,258,859 $120,000,000 [# 260]
1999 Toy Story 2 $497,366,869 ($485,015,179) $90,000,000 [# 70][# 261]
2000 Dinosaur $349,822,765 $127,500,000 [# 262]
2001 Monsters, Inc. $577,425,734 ($525,373,250) $115,000,000 [# 53]
2002 Ice Age $383,257,136 $59,000,000 [# 118]
2003 Finding Nemo $940,335,536 ($864,614,978) $94,000,000 [# 11]
2004 Shrek 2 $919,838,758 $150,000,000 [# 13]
2005 Madagascar $532,680,671 $75,000,000 [# 64]
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown $661,483,908 ($655,388,158) $80,000,000 [# 35]
2007 Shrek the Third $798,958,162 $160,000,000 [# 21]
2008 Kung Fu Panda $631,744,560 $130,000,000 [# 41]
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $886,686,817 $90,000,000 [# 16]
2010 Toy Story 3 $1,066,969,703 $200,000,000 [# 4]
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 $665,692,281 $150,000,000 [# 33]
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift $877,244,782 $95,000,000 [# 18]
2013 Frozen[nb 1] $1,287,000,000 $150,000,000 [# 1]
2014 Big Hero 6 $657,818,612 $165,000,000 [# 37]
2015 Minions $1,159,398,397 $74,000,000 [# 3]
2016 Zootopia film currently playing $1,023,227,498 $150,000,000 [# 6][# 263]
  • ( ... ) Since grosses are not limited to original theatrical runs, a film's first-run gross is included in brackets after the total if known.
  • *Canada and U.S. gross only.
  • ESSpanish gross only.
  • SWSwedish gross only.
  • NWNorvegian gross only.
  • AUAustralian gross only.
  • JPJapanese gross only.
  • MXMexican gross only.
  • RDistributor rental.
  • TBATo be ascertained.
  • N/ANot applicable; no animated feature length film was released in that year
  • HFilms contain animated/live-action scenes.

Timeline of highest-grossing animated films[edit]

At least 7 animated films have held the record of highest-grossing animated film at different times. Four of these were Disney films and two by Pixar. Shrek 2, made by DreamWorks Animation, is the only film on the list not produced by Disney or Pixar.

Snow White held the record for the longest, with 55 years, while Aladdin held it for the shortest period of 1 year. The Lion King was the last non-CG animated film to hold the record. Shrek 2 and Toy Story 3 are the only sequels to hold the record. Finding Nemo was the first CG animated film.

All of these films are still among the highest grossing animated films, and only Snow White and Aladdin are not also among the highest-grossing films.

Title Established Record-setting gross Ref
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1938 $8,500,000[nb 3] [# 264][# 265]
1993 $418,200,000 [# 86]
Aladdin[nb 4] 1993 $504,050,219 [# 68]
The Lion King 1994 $768,000,000 [# 10]
2002 $783,841,776 [# 266]
Finding Nemo 2003 $867,893,978 [# 12]
Shrek 2 2004 $919,838,758 [# 13]
Toy Story 3 2010 $1,066,969,703 [# 4]
Frozen[nb 1] 2014 $1,287,000,000 [# 1]

Highest-grossing animated franchises and film series[edit]

The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing animated film franchises. The top four are among the highest-grossing film franchises of all-time and, respectively, are ranked 13th, 15th,19th and 22nd of all time. The Finding Nemo has the highest per-film average, with over $928 million per film Finding Nemo is also the only animated franchise with every film along the Highest grossing films ever. All franchises by DreamWorks Animation (who are the most represented studio with four franchises), Pixar, Blue Sky, 20th Century Fox, Shin-Ei are on the list. A given franchise needs to have at least two theatrically released films to be on this list.

  + Background shading indicates that at least one film in the series is playing in the week commencing 19 August 2016 in theaters around the world.
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. ^ a b c d Box Office Mojo stopped updating its main total for Frozen in August 2014, while it was still in release. The total listed here incorporates subsequent earnings in Japan, Nigeria, Spain, the United Kingdom and Germany up to the end of 2015 but omits earnings in Turkey, Iceland, Brazil, and Australia (2016) which amount to a few hundred thousand dollars. The total is rounded to $1 million to compensate for the numerical inaccuracy.
  2. ^ Disney issued an erratum to the gross for The Lion King, correcting its gross from $987.5 million to $968.5 million. This means that Despicable Me 2 finished its run ahead of it and would have ranked one place higher at the end of its release.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.

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    Total as of August 3, 2014: $247,650,477
    Total as of August 31, 2014: $249,036,646
    Total as of July 27, 2014: $21,668,593
    Total as of November 2, 2014: $22,492,845
    Total as of August 17, 2014: $167,333
    Total as of June 8, 2014: £39,090,985
    Total as of November 30, 2014: £40,960,083 ($1 = £0.63866)
    Total as of December 7, 2014: £41,087,765 ($1 = £0.64136)
    Total as of December 14, 2014: £41,170,608 ($1 = £0.636)
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