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. Animated films generate income from several revenue streams including theatrical exhibition, home video, television broadcast rights and merchandising. However, theatrical box office earnings are the primary metric for trade publications (such as Box Office Mojo and Variety) in assessing the success of a film, mostly due to the availability of the data compared to sales figures for home video and broadcast rights, and also due to historical practice.

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, 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 and Finding Nemo 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 and Mickey Mouse universe franchises was reprised after a lengthy hiatus while The Jungle Book & Bambi saw a successful comeback after lying dormant for 36 and 64 years, respectively.

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. For example, if figures were adjusted for inflation, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs would appear at the top of the chart with an adjusted gross of $1,819,000,000[1]

Eighty-eight percent of the films in the top 50 were released after 2000. 2010, 2011 and 2014 are the most represented years on the list, with five films each. All films in the Shrek, Ice Age, Toy Story, Madagascar, Despicable Me, 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. Shrek is the most represented franchise with 5 films. DreamWorks animation are the most represented studio with 15 films on the list.

Ten of the movies on this list also appear on the worldwide highest-grossing films of all time. Frozen is the highest grossing animated film and is ranked 8th over all. Two animated films in total have grossed in excess of $1 billion worldwide.

The films on this list have all had a theatrical run (including re-releases) since 1992. 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 Peak Title Worldwide gross Year Ref
1 1 Frozen $1,279,852,693 2013 [# 1][# 2]
2 1 Toy Story 3 $1,063,171,911 2010 [# 3][# 4]
3 1 The Lion King $987,483,777 1994 [# 5][# 6]
4 3 Despicable Me 2 $970,761,885 2013 [# 7][# 8]
5 1 Finding Nemo $936,743,261 2003 [# 9][# 10]
6 1 Shrek 2 $919,838,758 2004 [# 11][# 12]
7 2 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $886,686,817 2009 [# 13][# 14]
8 5 Ice Age: Continental Drift $877,244,782 2012 [# 15][# 16]
9 9 Minions film currently playing $854,691,000 2015 [# 17]
10 3 Shrek the Third $798,958,162 2007 [# 18][# 19]
11 6 Shrek Forever After $752,600,867 2010 [# 20][# 21]
12 8 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted $746,921,274 2012 [# 22][# 23]
13 11 Monsters University $743,559,607 2013 [# 24][# 25]
14 6 Up $731,342,744 2009 [# 26][# 27]
15 9 Kung Fu Panda 2 $665,692,281 2011 [# 28][# 29]
16 4 Ice Age: The Meltdown $660,940,780 2006 [# 30][# 31]
17 16 Big Hero 6 $652,127,828 2014 [# 32][# 33]
18 6 Kung Fu Panda $631,744,560 2008 [# 34][# 35]
19 4 The Incredibles $631,442,092 2004 [# 36][# 37]
20 7 Ratatouille $623,722,818 2007 [# 38][# 39]
21 19 How to Train Your Dragon 2 $618,909,935 2014 [# 40][# 41]
22 9 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa $603,900,354 2008 [# 42][# 43]
23 23 Inside Out film currently playing $602,294,000 2015 [# 44]
24 14 Tangled $591,794,936 2010 [# 45][# 46]
25 18 The Croods $587,204,668 2013 [# 47][# 48]
26 2 Monsters, Inc. $562,816,256 2001 [# 49][# 50]
27 16 Cars 2 $559,852,396 2011 [# 51][# 52]
28 17 Puss in Boots $554,987,477 2011 [# 53][# 54]
29 14 Despicable Me $543,113,985 2010 [# 55][# 46]
30 21 Brave $538,788,207 2012 [# 56][# 57]
31 4 Madagascar $532,680,671 2005 [# 58][# 37]
32 8 The Simpsons Movie $527,071,022 2007 [# 59][# 60]
33 12 WALL-E $521,311,860 2008 [# 61][# 62]
34 1 Aladdin $504,050,219 1992 [# 63][# 6]
35 32 Rio 2 $500,188,435 2014 [# 64][# 41]
36 19 How to Train Your Dragon $494,878,759 2010 [# 65][# 66]
37 3 Toy Story 2 $490,728,379 1999 [# 67][# 6]
38 25 Rio $484,635,760 2011 [# 68][# 69]
39 4 Shrek $484,409,218 2001 [# 70][# 6]
40 31 Wreck-It Ralph $471,222,889 2012 [# 71][# 72]
41 38 The Lego Movie $468,060,692 2014 [# 73][# 74]
42 11 Cars $461,983,149 2006 [# 75][# 76]
43 4 Tarzan $448,191,819 1999 [# 77][# 6]
44 2 Beauty and the Beast $424,967,620 1991 [# 78][# 6]
45 1 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs $418,000,000 1937 [# 79]
46 46 Home film currently playing $385,873,156 2015 [# 80]
47 14 Happy Feet $384,335,608 2006 [# 81][# 82]
48 8 Ice Age $383,257,136 2002 [# 83][# 84]
49 22 Monsters vs. Aliens $381,509,870 2009 [# 85][# 86]
50 47 Penguins of Madagascar $374,714,174 2014 [# 87][# 33]

Computer animation[edit]

The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing computer animated films. Ninety four percent of films in the top 50 were released after 2000. 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014 are the most represented years on the list, with 5 films each. All films in the Shrek, Ice Age, Toy Story, Madagascar, Despicable Me, main series of Cars, Monsters, Inc., Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, and Rio franchises are in the top 50 Highest-grossing Computer animated films. Shrek is the most represented franchise with 5 films. DreamWorks are the most represented studio with 17 films on the list. All films by Pixar are in the top 50 highest-grossing computer animated films.

44 of the films listed are also on the Highest grossing animated films and eight are also Highest grossing films. Two Computer animated films in total have grossed in excess of $1 billion worldwide.

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 Peak Title Worldwide gross Year Ref
1 1 Frozen $1,279,852,693 2013 [# 1][# 88]
2 1 Toy Story 3 $1,063,171,911 2010 [# 3][# 89]
3 2 Despicable Me 2 $970,761,885 2013 [# 7][# 90]
4 1 Finding Nemo $936,743,261 2003 [# 9][# 91]
5 1 Shrek 2 $919,838,758 2004 [# 11][# 92]
6 2 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $886,686,817 2009 [# 13][# 93]
7 5 Ice Age: Continental Drift $877,244,782 2012 [# 15][# 94]
8 8 Minions film currently playing $854,691,000 2015 [# 17]
9 2 Shrek the Third $798,958,162 2007 [# 18][# 95]
10 6 Shrek Forever After $752,600,867 2010 [# 20][# 89]
11 7 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted $746,921,274 2012 [# 22][# 96]
12 10 Monsters University $743,559,607 2013 [# 24][# 97]
13 5 Up $731,342,744 2009 [# 26][# 98]
14 8 Kung Fu Panda 2 $665,692,281 2011 [# 28][# 99]
15 3 Ice Age: The Meltdown $660,940,780 2006 [# 30][# 100]
16 15 Big Hero 6 $652,127,828 2014 [# 32][# 101]
17 5 Kung Fu Panda $631,744,560 2008 [# 34][# 102]
18 3 The Incredibles $631,442,092 2004 [# 36][# 103]
19 6 Ratatouille $623,722,818 2007 [# 38][# 39]
20 18 How to Train Your Dragon 2 $618,909,935 2014 [# 40][# 104]
21 8 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa $603,900,354 2008 [# 42][# 105]
22 22 Inside Out film currently playing $602,294,000 2015 [# 44]
23 13 Tangled $591,794,936 2010 [# 45][# 106]
24 17 The Croods $587,204,668 2013 [# 47][# 107]
25 1 Monsters, Inc. $562,816,256 2001 [# 49][# 91]
26 15 Cars 2 $559,852,396 2011 [# 51][# 99]
27 16 Puss in Boots $554,987,477 2011 [# 53][# 108]
28 13 Despicable Me $543,113,985 2010 [# 55][# 106]
29 20 Brave $538,788,207 2012 [# 56][# 96]
30 3 Madagascar $532,680,671 2005 [# 58][# 103]
31 10 WALL-E $521,311,860 2008 [# 61][# 109]
32 29 Rio 2 $500,188,435 2014 [# 64][# 104]
33 16 How to Train Your Dragon $494,878,759 2010 [# 65][# 66]
34 1 Toy Story 2 $490,728,379 1999 [# 67][# 6]
35 22 Rio $484,635,760 2011 [# 68][# 110]
36 2 Shrek $484,409,218 2001 [# 70][# 6]
37 28 Wreck-It Ralph $471,222,889 2012 [# 71][# 111]
38 35 The Lego Movie $468,060,692 2014 [# 73][# 112]
39 8 Cars $461,983,149 2006 [# 75][# 113]
40 40 Home film currently playing $385,873,156 2015 [# 80]
41 8 Happy Feet $384,335,608 2006 [# 81][# 114]
42 2 Ice Age $383,257,136 2002 [# 83][# 84]
43 16 Monsters vs. Aliens $381,509,870 2009 [# 85][# 115]
44 41 Penguins of Madagascar $374,714,174 2014 [# 87][# 101]
45 29 The Adventures of Tintin $373,993,951 2011 [# 116][# 117]
46 1 Toy Story $370,638,993 1995 [# 118][# 6][# 6]
47 7 Shark Tale $367,275,019 2004 [# 119][# 120]
48 1 A Bug's Life $363,398,565 1998 [# 121][# 6]
49 38 Hotel Transylvania $358,375,603 2012 [# 122][# 123]
50 4 Dinosaur $349,822,765 2000 [# 124][# 6]

Traditional animation[edit]

The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing traditionally animated films. Forty-two percent 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. Six 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 22nd.

All films in The Jungle Book & main series of Peter Pan franchises feature on this list. While the Rugrats, Mickey Mouse universe & Pokémon franchises feature prominently. The Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Mickey Mouse universe, Rugrats, Pokémon are the most represented franchise with 2 films each. Walt Disney Animation Studios are the most represented studio with 26 films on the list.

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 [# 79]
7 Pocahontas $346,079,773 1995
8 Spirited Away $330,000,000 2001 [# 125]
9 The Hunchback of Notre Dame $325,338,851 1996
10 Mulan $304,320,254 1998
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 2008
22 Atlantis: The Lost Empire $186,053,725 2001
23 The Emperor's New Groove $169,327,687 2000
24 Pokémon: The First Movie $163,644,662 1998
25 Princess Mononoke $159,375,308 1997
26 An American Tail $150,000,000 1986
27 The Secret World of Arrietty $145,570,827 2010
28 Peter Pan $145,000,000 1953
29 The Rugrats Movie $140,894,675 1998
30 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie $140,161,792 2004
31 Anastasia $139,804,348 1997
32 The Wind Rises $136,333,220 2013 [# 126]
33 The Jungle Book 2 $135,703,599 2003
34 Pokémon: The Movie 2000 $133,949,270 1999
35 Beavis and Butt-Head Do America $123,118,386 1996
36 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron $122,563,539 2002
37 Return to Never Land $109,862,682 2002
38 Treasure Planet $109,578,115 2002
39 Home on the Range $103,951,461 2004
40 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie $103,291,131 2000
41 The Tigger Movie $96,159,800 2000
42 Lady and the Tramp $93,602,326 1955
43 Fantasia 2000 $90,874,570 1999
44 Fritz the Cat $90,000,000 1972
45 Cinderella $88,000,466 1950
46 Pinocchio $87,000,862 1940 [# 127]
47 The Land Before Time $84,460,846 1988
48 Fantasia $83,320,000 1940
49 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas $80,767,884 2003
50 The Road to El Dorado $76,432,727 2000 [# 128]

Anime[edit]

The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing anime films. Eight of these films are also in the top 50 traditional animated films. Ninety percent of the films in the top 30 were released after 2000. 2012 is the most represented year on the list, with 6 films. Pokémon is the most represented animated film franchise with 9 films on the list, while Case Closed, Doraemon, Neon Genesis Evangelion, One Piece franchises feature prominently. OLM is the most represented studio with 10 films on the list.

The films on this chart have all had a theatrical run (including re-releases) since 1999, 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 anime films[4]
Rank Title Worldwide gross Year Ref
1 Spirited Away $330,000,000 2001 [# 125]
2 Howl's Moving Castle $235,184,110 2004
3 Ponyo $201,750,937 2012
4 Stand by Me Doraemon $170,000,000 2014 [# 129]
5 Pokémon: The First Movie $163,644,662 1998
6 Princess Mononoke $159,375,308 1997
7 The Secret World of Arrietty $145,570,827 2010
8 The Wind Rises $136,333,220 2013
9 Pokémon: The Movie 2000 $133,949,270 1999
10 One Piece Film: Z $74,223,861 2012
11 Pokémon Zoroark: Master of Illusions $71,143,529 2010
12 Tales from Earthsea $68,673,565 2006
13 Pokémon 3: The Movie $68,411,275 2001
14 From Up on Poppy Hill $61,459,425 2011
15 Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo $60,487,945 2012
16 Yo-Kai Watch the Movie: The Secret is Created, Nyan! $60,000,000 2014 [# 130]
17 Pokémon the Movie: Black and White $57,082,491 2011
18 One Piece Film: Strong World $54,974,136 2009
19 Wolf Children Ame and Yuki $53,923,613 2012
20 The Cat Returns $53,918,847 2002
21 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' film currently playing $51,100,000 2015 [# 131]
22 Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life $50,673,078 2009
23 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods $50,353,002 2013
24 Doraemon: Nobita and the Island of Miracles $47,649,222 2012
25 Case Closed: The Eleventh Striker $44,068,406 2012
26 Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice $44,057,737 2012
27 Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior $43,338,599 2008
28 Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai $42,496,749 2007
29 Case Closed: Quarter of Silence $42,032,764 2011
30 Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan: The Movie $41,397,727 2013

Stop motion animation[edit]

The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing stop motion films.

Ninety percent of the films in the top 10 were released after 2000. 2012 is the most represented year on the list, with three films. Aardman, is the most represented studio with four films on the list. All films in the Wallace & Gromit franchise are on the list.

The films on this chart have all had a theatrical run (including re-releases) since 2000, 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[6]
Rank Title Worldwide gross Year Ref
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 The Boxtrolls $108,255,770 2014
7 ParaNorman $107,139,399 2012
8 Frankenweenie $81,491,068 2012
9 The Nightmare Before Christmas $76,128,123 1993
10 Shaun the Sheep Movie film currently playing $67,539,689 2015 [# 132]

High-grossing animated films by year[edit]

Every year since 1994 there has been at least one animated film grossing more than $200 million. 2010 is the year with the most animated films in the top 10 with 5.[7] The years 1937, 1940, 1942, 1950, 1953, 1955, 1961, 1967, 1992, 1994,1995, 2004, 2010 & 2013 were the top high-grossing films by year.[8] Every year since 1998 there has been at least one animated film in the top 10 highest grossing film of the year.[9]

All films in Kung Fu Panda, Ice Age, Toy Story and The Rescuers series were top grosser of the year they were released. Ice Age and Doraemon have the most high-grossing animated films by year, with 4 films each.

Walt Disney Animation Studios are the most represented studio with 27 films on the list.

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Year Title Worldwide gross Budget Ref(s)
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs $418,000,000+ ($8,500,000)R $1,488,423 [# 133][# 134]
1938 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1939 Gulliver's Travels $3,200,000* $700,000 [# 135][# 136]
1940 Pinocchio $87,000,862* ($3,500,000)R $2,600,000 [# 137][# 134][# 138]
1941 Dumbo $1,600,000* $950,000 [# 139][# 140]
1942 Bambi $267,447,150 ($3,449,353)R $1,700,000–2,000,000 [# 141][# 142][# 143]
1943 Victory Through Air Power $799,000* ~$789,000 [# 144]
1944 The Three Caballeros $700,000MX TBA [# 145][# 146]
1945 The Enchanted Sword ES€5,595,283ES (~$90,000) TBA [# 147]
1946 Make Mine Music $4,950,000* $1,370,000 [# 148][# 149]
1947 TBA TBA TBA TBA
1948 Happy Holidays ES€1,338,174ES (~$20,000) ES€3,000,000 (~$50,000) [# 150][# 151]
1949 TBA TBA TBA TBA
1950 Cinderella $88,000,466*
($20,000,000/$7,800,000)*R
$2,200,000 [# 152][# 153][# 138]
1951 Alice in Wonderland $2,400,000* $3,000,000 [# 154][# 155]
1952 TBA TBA TBA TBA
1953 Peter Pan $145,000,000 ($7,000,000) $3,000,000–4,000,000 [# 156]
1954 TBA TBA TBA TBA
1955 Lady and the Tramp $93,602,326* ($6,500,000)*R $4,000,000 [# 157][# 158]
1956 TBA TBA TBA TBA
1957 TBA TBA TBA TBA
1958 TBA TBA TBA TBA
1959 Sleeping Beauty $51,600,000* ($5,300,000)R $6,000,000 [# 159][# 160][# 161][# 162]
1960 TBA TBA TBA TBA
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians $215,880,212 $3,600,000–4,000,000 [# 163][# 164][# 143]
1962 TBA TBA TBA TBA
1963 The Sword in the Stone $22,182,353*R ($13,050,777)*R $4,000,000 [# 165][# 166]
1964 Hey There, It's Yogi Bear $1,940,903*-$2,438,233*
($1,130,000)R
TBA [# 167][# 168][# 169]
1965 TBA TBA TBA TBA
1966 The Dream Wizard ES€36,828,956ES (~$614,000) TBA [# 170]
1967 The Jungle Book $205,843,612
($170,800,000–199,475,744)
$3,900,000–4,000,000 [# 171][# 172][# 143]
1968 Out of an Old Man's Head SEK1,270,971SW (~$245,000)H TBA [# 173]
1969 A Boy Named Charlie Brown $6,000,000*R $1,100,000 [# 174][# 175][# 176]
1970 The Aristocats $55,675,257* ($26,462,000)R $4,000,000 [# 177][# 178][# 179]
1971 Daisy Town SEK1,202,319SW (~$253,000) TBA [# 180]
1972 Fritz the Cat $90,000,000 $850,000 [# 181]
1973 Robin Hood $32,056,467* ($17,160,000)R $1,500,000-$15,000,000 [# 182][# 183][# 184]
1974 Dunderklumpen! SEK5,813,000SW (~$2,675,205.50)H TBA [# 185]
1975 The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix $5,914,576NW TBA [# 186]
1976 The Smurfs and the Magic Flute $19,000,000 TBA [# 187]
1977 The Rescuers $71,215,869* ($29,000,000)* $1,200,000-$8,000,000 [# 188][# 189]
1978 The Lord of the Rings $30,471,420* $4,000,000 [# 190][# 191]
1979 The Little Convict A$495,000AU (~$547,000) A$423,467 (~$468,000) [# 192]
1980 Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur ¥1,550,000,000JP (~$11,900,000) TBA [# 193]
1981 The Fox and the Hound $63,456,988* ($39,900,000)* $12,000,000 [# 194][# 195]
1982 The Secret of NIMH $14,665,733* $7,000,000 [# 196][# 197]
1983 Doraemon: Nobita and the Castle of the Undersea Devil ¥1,000,000,000JP (~$8,100,000) TBA [# 193]
1984 Doraemon: Nobita's Great Adventure into the Underworld ¥1,650,000,000JP (~$13,500,000) TBA [# 193]
1985 The Care Bears Movie $34,000,000 ($22,934,622)* $2,000,000-$4,500,000 [# 198][# 199]
1986 An American Tail $84,542,002-$150,000,000+ $9,000,000 [# 200][# 201]
1987 Doraemon: Nobita and the Knights on Dinosaurs ¥1,500,000,000JP (~$13,100,000) TBA [# 193]
1988 The Land Before Time $84,460,846 $12,300,000 [# 202][# 203]
1989 The Little Mermaid $211,343,479 ($84,355,863)* $40,000,000 [# 204][# 205]
1990 The Rescuers Down Under $27,931,461* TBA [# 206]
1991 Beauty and the Beast $424,967,620 ($351,863,363) $25,000,000 [# 78]
1992 Aladdin $504,050,219 $28,000,000 [# 63][# 143]
1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas $76,128,123 ($50,003,043)* $18,000,000 [# 207][# 208]
1994 The Lion King $987,483,777 ($766,964,132) $45,000,000–79,300,000 [# 209]
1995 Toy Story $370,638,993 ($361,958,736) $30,000,000 [# 118][# 210]
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame $325,338,851 $100,000,000 [# 211]
1997 Hercules $252,712,101 $85,000,000 [# 212]
1998 A Bug's Life $363,398,565 $120,000,000 [# 121]
1999 Toy Story 2 $490,728,379 ($485,015,179) $90,000,000 [# 67][# 213]
2000 Dinosaur $349,822,765 $127,500,000 [# 214]
2001 Monsters, Inc. $562,816,256 ($525,373,250) $115,000,000 [# 49]
2002 Ice Age $383,257,136 $59,000,000 [# 83]
2003 Finding Nemo $936,743,261 ($864,614,978) $94,000,000 [# 9]
2004 Shrek 2 $919,838,758 $150,000,000 [# 11]
2005 Madagascar $532,680,671 $75,000,000 [# 58]
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown $660,940,780 $80,000,000 [# 30]
2007 Shrek the Third $798,958,162 $160,000,000 [# 18]
2008 Kung Fu Panda $631,744,560 $130,000,000 [# 34]
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $886,686,817 $90,000,000 [# 13]
2010 Toy Story 3 $1,063,171,911 $200,000,000 [# 3]
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 $665,692,281 $150,000,000 [# 28]
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift $877,244,782 $95,000,000 [# 15]
2013 Frozen $1,279,852,693 $150,000,000 [# 1]
2014 Big Hero 6 $652,127,828 $165,000,000 [# 32]
2015 Minions film currently playing $854,691,000 $74,000,000 [# 17]

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 is the only non-Disney and/or Pixar film on the list, having been made by Dreamworks.

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 & Toy Story 3 are the only sequels to hold the record. Finding Nemo was the first CG animated film and the first 21st Century film to hold the record.

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 1] [# 215][# 216]
1993 $418,000,000 [# 79]
Aladdin[nb 2] 1993 $504,050,219 [# 63]
The Lion King 1994 $768,000,000 [# 6]
2002 $783,841,776 [# 217]
Finding Nemo 2003 $867,893,978 [# 10]
Shrek 2 2004 $919,838,758 [# 11]
Toy Story 3 2010 $1,063,171,911 [# 3]
Frozen 2014 $1,279,852,693 [# 1]

Highest-grossing animated franchises and film series[edit]

The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing animated film franchises. Five of them are among the highest grossing film franchises of all-time. The Shrek franchise is the most successful, with worldwide box office totals of over $3.5 billion and the 12th highest grossing franchise of all time. The Despicable Me franchise has the highest per-film average, with nearly $762 million per film. A given franchise needs to have at least 2 theatrically released films to be on this list.

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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.

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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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