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, 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, Finding Nemo, 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 and Mickey Mouse 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. DreamWorks Animation films have gross the most nearly $13.2Billon across 32 films [# 1] While Pixar films have the best average with $618.2million[# 2] per film across 16 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 years on the list, with five films. All films in the Shrek, Ice Age, main series 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. While the Toy Story franchises feature prominently, Shrek is the most represented franchise, with 5 films. DreamWorks Animation is the most represented studio, with 15 films on the list.

The top 10 movies on this list also appear on the worldwide highest-grossing films of all time. The three highest-grossing animated films, Frozen, Minions, and Toy Story 3, have grossed in excess of $1 billion worldwide and, respectively, are ranked 8th, 11th, and 18th over all. 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.[1]

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 must be animation and a significant number of the major characters must be animated.[2]

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Highest-grossing animated films[# 3]
Rank Peak Title Worldwide gross Year Ref
1 1 Frozen $1,279,852,693 2013 [# 4][# 5]
2 2 Minions film currently playing $1,159,094,243 2015 [# 6]
3 1 Toy Story 3 $1,063,171,911 2010 [# 7][# 8]
4 1 The Lion King $987,483,777 1994 [# 9][# 10]
5 3 Despicable Me 2 $970,761,885 2013 [# 11][# 12]
6 1 Finding Nemo $936,743,261 2003 [# 13][# 14]
7 1 Shrek 2 $919,838,758 2004 [# 15][# 16]
8 2 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $886,686,817 2009 [# 17][# 18]
9 5 Ice Age: Continental Drift $877,244,782 2012 [# 19][# 20]
10 10 Inside Out film currently playing $856,809,711 2015 [# 21]
11 3 Shrek the Third $798,958,162 2007 [# 22][# 23]
12 6 Shrek Forever After $752,600,867 2010 [# 24][# 25]
13 8 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted $746,921,274 2012 [# 26][# 27]
14 11 Monsters University $743,559,607 2013 [# 28][# 29]
15 6 Up $731,342,744 2009 [# 30][# 31]
16 9 Kung Fu Panda 2 $665,692,281 2011 [# 32][# 33]
17 4 Ice Age: The Meltdown $661,483,908 2006 [# 34][# 35]
18 16 Big Hero 6 $657,827,828 2014 [# 36][# 37]
19 6 Kung Fu Panda $631,744,560 2008 [# 38][# 39]
20 4 The Incredibles $631,442,092 2004 [# 40][# 41]
21 7 Ratatouille $623,722,818 2007 [# 42][# 43]
22 19 How to Train Your Dragon 2 $621,537,519 2014 [# 44][# 45]
23 9 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa $603,900,354 2008 [# 46][# 47]
24 14 Tangled $591,794,936 2010 [# 48][# 49]
25 18 The Croods $587,204,668 2013 [# 50][# 51]
26 2 Monsters, Inc. $562,816,256 2001 [# 52][# 53]
27 16 Cars 2 $559,852,396 2011 [# 54][# 55]
28 17 Puss in Boots $554,987,477 2011 [# 56][# 57]
29 14 Despicable Me $543,113,985 2010 [# 58][# 49]
30 21 Brave $538,788,207 2012 [# 59][# 60]
31 4 Madagascar $532,680,671 2005 [# 61][# 41]
32 8 The Simpsons Movie $527,071,022 2007 [# 62][# 63]
33 12 WALL-E $521,311,860 2008 [# 64][# 65]
34 1 Aladdin $504,050,219 1992 [# 66][# 10]
35 32 Rio 2 $500,188,435 2014 [# 67][# 45]
36 19 How to Train Your Dragon $494,878,759 2010 [# 68][# 69]
37 3 Toy Story 2 $490,728,379 1999 [# 70][# 10]
38 25 Rio $484,635,760 2011 [# 71][# 72]
39 4 Shrek $484,409,218 2001 [# 73][# 10]
40 31 Wreck-It Ralph $471,222,889 2012 [# 74][# 75]
41 38 The Lego Movie $469,160,692 2014 [# 76][# 77]
42 42 Hotel Transylvania 2 film currently playing $468,049,212 2015 [# 78]
43 11 Cars $461,983,149 2006 [# 79][# 80]
44 4 Tarzan $448,191,819 1999 [# 81][# 10]
45 2 Beauty and the Beast $424,967,620 1991 [# 82][# 10]
46 1 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs $418,200,000 1937 [# 83][# 84]
47 46 Home $386,041,607 2015 [# 85][# 86]
48 14 Happy Feet $384,335,608 2006 [# 87][# 88]
49 8 Ice Age $383,257,136 2002 [# 89][# 90]
50 22 Monsters vs. Aliens $381,509,870 2009 [# 91][# 92]

Computer animation[edit]

The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing computer animated films. 94% 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, Rio and Hotel Transylvania franchises are on the list. Shrek is the most represented franchise with 5 films. DreamWorks Animation is the most represented studio with 17 films on the list.

The top 44 films listed are also among the highest-grossing animated films, the top 9 are among the 50 highest grossing films, and the top 3 have each grossed in excess of $1 billion worldwide.

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.

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Highest-grossing computer animated films [# 93]
Rank Peak Title Worldwide gross Year Ref
1 1 Frozen $1,279,852,693 2013 [# 4][# 94]
2 2 Minions film currently playing $1,159,094,243 2015 [# 6]
3 1 Toy Story 3 $1,063,171,911 2010 [# 7][# 95]
4 2 Despicable Me 2 $970,761,885 2013 [# 11][# 96]
5 1 Finding Nemo $936,743,261 2003 [# 13][# 97]
6 1 Shrek 2 $919,838,758 2004 [# 15][# 98]
7 2 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $886,686,817 2009 [# 17][# 99]
8 5 Ice Age: Continental Drift $877,244,782 2012 [# 19][# 100]
9 9 Inside Out film currently playing $856,809,711 2015 [# 21]
10 2 Shrek the Third $798,958,162 2007 [# 22][# 101]
11 6 Shrek Forever After $752,600,867 2010 [# 24][# 95]
12 7 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted $746,921,274 2012 [# 26][# 102]
13 10 Monsters University $743,559,607 2013 [# 28][# 103]
14 5 Up $731,342,744 2009 [# 30][# 104]
15 8 Kung Fu Panda 2 $665,692,281 2011 [# 32][# 105]
16 3 Ice Age: The Meltdown $661,483,908 2006 [# 34][# 106]
17 15 Big Hero 6 $657,827,828 2014 [# 36][# 107]
18 5 Kung Fu Panda $631,744,560 2008 [# 38][# 108]
19 3 The Incredibles $631,442,092 2004 [# 40][# 109]
20 6 Ratatouille $623,722,818 2007 [# 42][# 43]
21 18 How to Train Your Dragon 2 $621,537,519 2014 [# 44][# 110]
22 8 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa $603,900,354 2008 [# 46][# 111]
23 13 Tangled $591,794,936 2010 [# 48][# 112]
24 17 The Croods $587,204,668 2013 [# 50][# 113]
25 1 Monsters, Inc. $562,816,256 2001 [# 52][# 97]
26 15 Cars 2 $559,852,396 2011 [# 54][# 105]
27 16 Puss in Boots $554,987,477 2011 [# 56][# 114]
28 13 Despicable Me $543,113,985 2010 [# 58][# 112]
29 20 Brave $538,788,207 2012 [# 59][# 102]
30 3 Madagascar $532,680,671 2005 [# 61][# 109]
31 10 WALL-E $521,311,860 2008 [# 64][# 115]
32 29 Rio 2 $500,188,435 2014 [# 67][# 110]
33 16 How to Train Your Dragon $494,878,759 2010 [# 68][# 69]
34 1 Toy Story 2 $490,728,379 1999 [# 70][# 10]
35 22 Rio $484,635,760 2011 [# 71][# 116]
36 2 Shrek $484,409,218 2001 [# 73][# 10]
37 28 Wreck-It Ralph $471,222,889 2012 [# 74][# 117]
38 35 The Lego Movie $469,160,692 2014 [# 76][# 118]
39 39 Hotel Transylvania 2 film currently playing $468,049,212 2015 [# 78]
40 8 Cars $461,983,149 2006 [# 79][# 119]
41 40 Home $386,041,607 2015 [# 85][# 120]
42 8 Happy Feet $384,335,608 2006 [# 87][# 121]
43 2 Ice Age $383,257,136 2002 [# 89][# 90]
44 16 Monsters vs. Aliens $381,509,870 2009 [# 91][# 122]
45 41 Penguins of Madagascar $374,714,174 2014 [# 123][# 107]
46 29 The Adventures of Tintin $373,993,951 2011 [# 124][# 125]
47 1 Toy Story $370,638,993 1995 [# 126] [# 10] [# 126]
48 7 Shark Tale $367,275,019 2004 [# 127][# 128]
49 1 A Bug's Life $363,398,565 1998 [# 129][# 10]
50 38 Hotel Transylvania $358,375,603 2012 [# 130][# 131]

Traditional animation[edit]

The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing traditionally animated films. 42% 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.

All films in The Jungle Book, SpongeBob SquarePants and the main series of Peter Pan franchises feature on the list; the Rugrats, Mickey Mouse universe & Pokémon franchises feature prominently. All of these six 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 25th.

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 [# 9]
2 The Simpsons Movie $527,071,022 2007 [# 62]
3 Aladdin $504,050,219 1992 [# 66]
4 Tarzan $448,191,819 1999 [# 81]
5 Beauty and the Beast $424,967,620 1991 [# 82]
6 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs $418,200,000 1937 [# 83][# 84]
7 Pocahontas $346,079,773 1995 [# 132]
8 The Hunchback of Notre Dame $325,338,851 1996 [# 133]
9 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water $323,436,538 2015 [# 134]
10 Mulan $304,320,254 1998 [# 135]
11 Spirited Away $289,096,678 2001 [# 136]
12 Lilo & Stitch $273,144,151 2002 [# 137]
13 Bambi $267,447,150 1942 [# 138]
14 The Princess and the Frog $267,045,765 2009 [# 139]
15 Cinderella $263,591,415 1950 [# 140]
16 Hercules $252,712,101 1997 [# 141]
17 Brother Bear $250,397,798 2003 [# 142]
18 Howl's Moving Castle $235,184,110 2004 [# 143]
19 The Prince of Egypt $218,613,188 1998 [# 144]
20 One Hundred and One Dalmatians $215,880,014 1961 [# 145]
21 The Little Mermaid $211,343,479 1989 [# 146]
22 The Jungle Book $205,843,612 1967 [# 147]
23 Ponyo $201,750,937 2008 [# 148]
24 Atlantis: The Lost Empire $186,053,725 2001 [# 149]
25 The Emperor's New Groove $169,327,687 2000 [# 150]
26 Pokémon: The First Movie $163,644,662 1998 [# 151]
27 Princess Mononoke $159,375,308 1997 [# 152]
28 An American Tail $150,000,000 1986 [# 153]
29 The Secret World of Arrietty $145,570,827 2010 [# 154]
30 Peter Pan $145,000,000 1953 [# 155]
31 The Rugrats Movie $140,894,675 1998 [# 156]
32 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie $140,161,792 2004 [# 157]
33 Anastasia $139,804,348 1997 [# 158]
34 The Wind Rises $136,454,220 2013 [# 159]
35 The Jungle Book 2 $135,703,599 2003 [# 160]
36 Pokémon: The Movie 2000 $133,949,270 1999 [# 161]
37 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron $122,563,539 2002 [# 162]
38 Return to Never Land $109,862,682 2002 [# 163]
39 Treasure Planet $109,578,115 2002 [# 164]
40 Home on the Range $103,951,461 2004 [# 165]
41 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie $103,291,131 2000 [# 166]
42 The Tigger Movie $96,159,800 2000 [# 167]
43 Lady and the Tramp $93,602,326 1955 [# 168]
44 Fantasia 2000 $90,874,570 1999 [# 169]
45 Fritz the Cat $90,000,000 1972 [# 170]
46 Pinocchio $87,000,862 1940 [# 171]
47 The Land Before Time $84,460,846 1988 [# 172]
48 Fantasia $83,320,000 1940 [# 173]
49 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas $80,767,884 2003 [# 174]
50 The Road to El Dorado $76,432,727 2000 [# 175]

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, 2012 and 2015 are the most represented years on the list, with 4 films each.

All films in the Wallace & Gromit franchise are on the list. Aardman, is the most represented studio with 5 films on the list.

The films on this chart have all had a theatrical run (including re-releases) since 1985, 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[# 176]
Rank Title Worldwide gross Year Ref
1 Chicken Run $224,834,564 2000 [# 177]
2 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit $192,610,372 2005 [# 178]
3 Coraline $124,596,398 2009 [# 179]
4 The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! $123,057,928 2012 [# 180]
5 Corpse Bride $117,195,061 2005 [# 181]
6 Shaun the Sheep Movie film currently playing $115,710,740 2015 [# 182]
7 The Boxtrolls $109,285,033 2014 [# 183]
8 ParaNorman $107,139,399 2012 [# 184]
9 The Little Prince film currently playing $88,442,948 2015 [# 185]
10 Frankenweenie $81,491,068 2012 [# 186]
11 The Nightmare Before Christmas $76,128,123 1993 [# 187]
12 Fantastic Mr. Fox $46,471,023 2009 [# 188]
13 James and the Giant Peach $28,946,127 1996 [# 189]
14 Monkeybone $7,622,365 2001 [# 190]
15 The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix $5,914,576 1975 [# 191]
16 Anomalisa film currently playing $2,715,565 2015 [# 192]
17 Mary and Max $1,725,381 2009 [# 193]
18 Wallace & Gromit: The Best of Aardman Animation $1,009,577 1996 [# 194]
19 The Adventures of Mark Twain $849,915 1985 [# 195]
20 $9.99 $708,354 2008 [# 196]
21 Worms $688,009 2013 [# 197]
22 Moomins and the Comet Chase $618,307 2010 [# 198]
23 A Town Called Panic $196,176 2009 [# 199]
24 Hell and Back $157,768 2015 [# 200]
25 Toys in the Attic $126,469 2012 [# 201]

Highest-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.[# 202] The years 1937, 1940, 1942, 1950, 1953, 1955, 1961, 1967, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2004, 2010, 2013 & 2016 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..[# 203]

All films in Ice Age, Kung Fu Panda 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.

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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 [# 83][# 204][# 205]
1938 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1939 Gulliver's Travels $3,200,000* $700,000 [# 206][# 207]
1940 Pinocchio $87,000,862* ($3,500,000)R $2,600,000 [# 171][# 205][# 208]
1941 Dumbo $1,600,000* $950,000 [# 209][# 210]
1942 Bambi $267,447,150 ($3,449,353)R $1,700,000–2,000,000 [# 138][# 211][# 212]
1943 Victory Through Air Power $799,000* ~$789,000 [# 213]
1944 The Three Caballeros $700,000MX TBA [# 214][# 215]
1945 The Enchanted Sword ES€5,595,283ES (~$90,000) TBA [# 216]
1946 Make Mine Music $4,950,000* $1,370,000 [# 217][# 218]
1947 TBA TBA TBA TBA
1948 Happy Holidays ES€1,338,174ES (~$20,000) ES€3,000,000 (~$50,000) [# 219][# 220]
1949 TBA TBA TBA TBA
1950 Cinderella $263,591,415
($20,000,000/$7,800,000)*R
$2,200,000 [# 221][# 222][# 208]
1951 Alice in Wonderland $2,400,000* $3,000,000 [# 223][# 224]
1952 TBA TBA TBA TBA
1953 Peter Pan $145,000,000 ($7,000,000) $3,000,000–4,000,000 [# 155]
1954 TBA TBA TBA TBA
1955 Lady and the Tramp $93,602,326* ($6,500,000)*R $4,000,000 [# 168][# 225]
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 [# 226][# 227][# 228][# 229]
1960 TBA TBA TBA TBA
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians $215,880,212 $3,600,000–4,000,000 [# 145][# 230][# 212]
1962 TBA TBA TBA TBA
1963 The Sword in the Stone $22,182,353*R ($13,050,777)*R $4,000,000 [# 231][# 232]
1964 Hey There, It's Yogi Bear $1,940,903*-$2,438,233*
($1,130,000)R
TBA [# 233][# 234][# 235]
1965 TBA TBA TBA TBA
1966 The Dream Wizard ES€36,828,956ES (~$614,000) TBA [# 236]
1967 The Jungle Book $205,843,612
($170,800,000–199,475,744)
$3,900,000–4,000,000 [# 147][# 237][# 212]
1968 Out of an Old Man's Head SEK1,270,971SW (~$245,000)H TBA [# 238]
1969 A Boy Named Charlie Brown $6,000,000*R $1,100,000 [# 239][# 240][# 241]
1970 The Aristocats $55,675,257* ($26,462,000)R $4,000,000 [# 242][# 243][# 244]
1971 Daisy Town SEK1,202,319SW (~$253,000) TBA [# 245]
1972 Fritz the Cat $90,000,000 $850,000 [# 170]
1973 Robin Hood $32,056,467* ($17,160,000)R $1,500,000-$15,000,000 [# 246][# 247][# 248]
1974 Dunderklumpen! SEK5,813,000SW (~$2,675,205.50)H TBA [# 249]
1975 The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix $5,914,576NW TBA [# 250]
1976 The Smurfs and the Magic Flute $19,000,000 TBA [# 251]
1977 The Rescuers $71,215,869* ($29,000,000)* $1,200,000-$8,000,000 [# 252][# 253]
1978 The Lord of the Rings $30,471,420* $4,000,000 [# 254][# 255]
1979 The Little Convict A$495,000AU (~$547,000) A$423,467 (~$468,000) [# 256]
1980 Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur ¥1,550,000,000JP (~$11,900,000) TBA [# 257]
1981 The Fox and the Hound $63,456,988* ($39,900,000)* $12,000,000 [# 258][# 259]
1982 The Secret of NIMH $14,665,733* $7,000,000 [# 260][# 261]
1983 Doraemon: Nobita and the Castle of the Undersea Devil ¥1,000,000,000JP (~$8,100,000) TBA [# 257]
1984 Doraemon: Nobita's Great Adventure into the Underworld ¥1,650,000,000JP (~$13,500,000) TBA [# 257]
1985 The Care Bears Movie $34,000,000 ($22,934,622)* $2,000,000-$4,500,000 [# 262][# 263]
1986 An American Tail $84,542,002-$150,000,000+ $9,000,000 [# 264]
1987 Doraemon: Nobita and the Knights on Dinosaurs ¥1,500,000,000JP (~$13,100,000) TBA [# 257]
1988 The Land Before Time $84,460,846 $12,300,000 [# 172][# 265]
1989 The Little Mermaid $211,343,479 ($84,355,863)* $40,000,000 [# 146][# 266]
1990 The Rescuers Down Under $47,431,461* TBA [# 267]
1991 Beauty and the Beast $424,967,620 ($351,863,363) $25,000,000 [# 82]
1992 Aladdin $504,050,219 $28,000,000 [# 66][# 212]
1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas $76,128,123 ($50,003,043)* $18,000,000 [# 187][# 268]
1994 The Lion King $987,483,777 ($766,964,132) $45,000,000–79,300,000 [# 269]
1995 Toy Story $370,638,993 ($361,958,736) $30,000,000 [# 126][# 270][3]
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame $325,338,851 $100,000,000 [# 133]
1997 Hercules $252,712,101 $85,000,000 [# 141]
1998 A Bug's Life $363,398,565 $120,000,000 [# 129]
1999 Toy Story 2 $490,728,379 ($485,015,179) $90,000,000 [# 70][# 271]
2000 Dinosaur $349,822,765 $127,500,000 [# 272]
2001 Monsters, Inc. $562,816,256 ($525,373,250) $115,000,000 [# 52]
2002 Ice Age $383,257,136 $59,000,000 [# 89]
2003 Finding Nemo $936,743,261 ($864,614,978) $94,000,000 [# 13]
2004 Shrek 2 $919,838,758 $150,000,000 [# 15]
2005 Madagascar $532,680,671 $75,000,000 [# 61]
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown $661,483,908 ($655,388,158) $80,000,000 [# 34]
2007 Shrek the Third $798,958,162 $160,000,000 [# 22]
2008 Kung Fu Panda $631,744,560 $130,000,000 [# 38]
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $886,686,817 $90,000,000 [# 17]
2010 Toy Story 3 $1,063,171,911 $200,000,000 [# 7]
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 $665,692,281 $150,000,000 [# 32]
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift $877,244,782 $95,000,000 [# 19]
2013 Frozen $1,279,852,693 $150,000,000 [# 4]
2014 Big Hero 6 $657,827,828 $165,000,000 [# 36]
2015 Minions film currently playing $1,159,094,243 $74,000,000 [# 6]
2016 Kung Fu Panda 3 film currently playing $198,114,054 $145,000,000 [# 273][# 274]

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 Animation.

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.

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] [# 275][# 276]
1993 $418,200,000 [# 84]
Aladdin[nb 2] 1993 $504,050,219 [# 66]
The Lion King 1994 $768,000,000 [# 10]
2002 $783,841,776 [# 277]
Finding Nemo 2003 $867,893,978 [# 14]
Shrek 2 2004 $919,838,758 [# 15]
Toy Story 3 2010 $1,063,171,911 [# 7]
Frozen 2014 $1,279,852,693 [# 4]

Highest-grossing animated franchises and film series[edit]

The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing animated film franchises. The top five are among the highest grossing film franchises of all-time. The Despicable Me franchise has the highest per-film average, with over $890 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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