List of highest-grossing openings for animated films

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The following is a list of the highest-grossing opening weekends for animated films. The list is dominated by recent films due to steadily increasing marketing budgets, and modern films opening on more screens. Another contributing factor is inflation not being taken into account.

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

Biggest worldwide openings for an animated film since 2002[edit]

This list charts animated films that had openings in excess of $100 million worldwide. Since animated films do not open on Fridays in many markets, the 'opening' is taken to be the gross between the first day of release and the first Sunday. Figures prior to the year 2002 are not available.

Figures are given in United States dollars (USD). 2013 and 2016 are the most represented year, with four films. The Ice Age franchise is the most represented franchise with three films. Pixar and DreamWorks Animation are the most represented studios, each with five films on the list. This list does not take into account country-by-country variations in release dates. Therefore, in some cases opening weekend grosses from many, or even most countries may not be included.

Rank Film Worldwide opening ($ million) Year Ref[1]
1 Incredibles 2 235.8 2018 [2]
2 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 218.4 2009 [3]
3 Finding Dory 185.7 2016 [4]
4 The Simpsons Movie 170.9 2007 [5]
5 Despicable Me 2 147.4 2013 [6]
6 Toy Story 3 145.3 2010 [7]
7 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 137.6 2012 [8]
8 Monsters University 136.9 2013 [9]
9 Shrek the Third 136.8 2007 [10]
10 Shrek 2 131.1 2004 [11]
11 Minions 128.3 2015 [12]
12 Ice Age: Continental Drift 126.9 2012 [13]
13 The Secret Life of Pets 118.6 2016 [14]
14 Ice Age: The Meltdown 115.4 2006 [15]
15 Frozen 110.6 2013 [16]
16 Cars 2 109.0 2011 [17]
17 Kung Fu Panda 2 108.9 2011 [18]
18 The Croods 106.0 2013 [19]

Timeline of biggest worldwide openings for an animated film since 2001[edit]

At least 5 animated films have held the record of highest-grossing animated film at different times. Pixar is the only studio to hold the record on three different occasions.

Film Established Record-setting opening ($ million) Ref[1]
Monsters, Inc* 2001 84.8 [20]
Finding Nemo 2003 141.4 [11]
The Simpsons Movie 2007 170.9 [21]
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2009 218.4 [3]
Incredibles 2 2018 235.8 [2]

Biggest opening weekend in U.S. and Canada for an animated film[edit]

This list charts the top 50 highest-grossing opening weekends in the U.S. and Canada for an animated film.

Figures are given in United States dollars (USD). Ninety-eight percent of the films in the top 50 were released after 2000 & 2015 and 2016 is the most represented year, with six films each. Shrek, Ice Age and Despicable Me are the most represented franchises with four films each.

DreamWorks Animation and Pixar Animation Studios are the most represented studios with 17 films each on the list.

rank film gross ($million) year Ref[22]
1 Incredibles 2 182.6 2018 [23]
2 Finding Dory 135.1 2016 [24]
3 Shrek the Third 121.6 2007 [9]
4 Minions 115.2 2015 [12]
5 Toy Story 3 110.3 2010 [6]
6 Shrek 2 108.0 2004 [10]
7 The Secret Life of Pets 104.3 2016 [14]
8 Inside Out 90.4 2015 [21]
9 Despicable Me 2 83.5 2013 [5]
10 Monsters University 82.4 2013 [7]
11 Zootopia 75.1 2016 [25]
12 The Simpsons Movie 74 2007 [21]
13 Despicable Me 3 72.4 2017 [26]
14 Shrek Forever After 70.8 2010 [13]
15 The Incredibles 70.4 2004 [27]
16 Finding Nemo 70.3 2003 [28]
17 The Lorax 70.2 2012 [29]
18 The Lego Movie 69.1 2014 [30]
19 Up 68.1 2009 [31]
20 Ice Age: The Meltdown 68 2006 [11]
21 Frozen 67.4 2013 [32]
22 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 66.7 2009 [3]
23 Brave 66.3 2012 [15]
24 Cars 2 66.13 2011 [16]
25 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 63.11 2008 [17]
26 WALL-E 63.10 2008 [33]
27 Monsters, Inc. 62.3 2001 [34]
28 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 60.3 2012 [8]
29 Kung Fu Panda 60.2 2008 [18]
30 Cars 60.1 2006 [35]
31 Monsters vs. Aliens 59.3 2009 [36]
32 Toy Story 2 57.4 1999 [37]
33 Moana 56.6 2016 [38]
34 Despicable Me 56.4 2010 [39]
35 Big Hero 6 56.2 2014 [40]
36 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 55.4 2015 [41]
37 Cars 3 53.7 2017 [42]
38 The Lego Batman Movie 53 2017 [43]
39 Home 52.1 2015 [44]
40 Coco 50.8 2017 [45]
41 The Boss Baby 50.2 2017 [46]
42 How to Train Your Dragon 2 49.5 2014 [47]
43 Wreck-It Ralph 49 2012 [48]
44 Tangled 48.8 2010 [49]
45 Hotel Transylvania 2 48.5 2015 [50]
46 Kung Fu Panda 2 47.7 2011 [51]
47 Shark Tale 47.6 2004 [52]
48 Madagascar 47.2 2005 [53]
49 Ratatouille 47 2007 [54]
50 Ice Age: Continental Drift 46.6 2012 [55]

Opening weekend record holders in U.S. and Canada since 1982[edit]

These are the films that, when first released, set the opening three-day weekend record after going into wide release.

At least 15 animated films have held the record of highest-grossing animated film at different times. Two of these were in the DreamWorks animations Shrek franchise. Disney and Pixar held the record five times each as of 2018.

Film Established Record-setting opening ($ million) Ref[56]
The Secret of NIMH 1982 1.4 [57]
The Last Unicorn 2.3 [58]
The Care Bears Movie 1985 3.7 [59]
The Black Cauldron 4.1 [60]
An American Tail 1986 5.2 [61]
The Land Before Time 1988 7.5 [62]
Aladdin 1992 19.3 [63]
The Lion King 1994 40.9 [64]
Toy Story 2 1999 57.4 [37]
Monsters, Inc. 2001 62.6 [65]
Finding Nemo 2003 70.3 [66]
Shrek 2 2004 108.0 [67]
Shrek The Third 2007 121.6 [68]
Finding Dory 2016 135.1 [24]
Incredibles 2 2018 182.6 [23]

Biggest opening week in U.S. and Canada for an animated film[edit]

This list charts animated films that had openings in excess of $70 million in their first week.

Figures are given in United States dollars (USD). 42.8% of the films in the top 35 were released after 2010, 2016 is the most represented year, with four films. Shrek, Madagascar, and Despicable Me, are the most represented franchises with three films. All films in Cars, The Incredibles , Finding Nemo, Madagascar main film series, and Despicable Me franchises are on the list. Pixar is the most represented studio with 14 films on the list.

rank film gross ($) year ref[69]
1 Incredibles 2 269.4 2018 [23]
2 Finding Dory 213.3 2016 [24]
3 Toy Story 3 167.6 2010 [70]
4 Minions 166.5 2015 [71]
5 The Secret Life of Pets 152.6 2016 [72]
6 Shrek the Third 149.4 2007 [68]
7 Shrek 2 143.8 2004 [67]
8 Inside Out 132.8 2015 [21]
9 Despicable Me 2 124.9 2013 [73]
10 Monsters University 124.8 2013 [74]
11 The Simpsons Movie 102.9 2007 [75]
12 Brave 97.7 2012 [76]
13 Finding Nemo 97.5 2003 [66]
14 WALL-E 94.7 2008 [77]
15 Up 93.1 2009 [78]
16 The Incredibles 93 2004 [79]
17 Zootopia 92.6 2016 [80]
18 Cars 2 90.9 2011 [81]
19 Shrek Forever After 89.8 2010 [82]
20 Moana 87.6 2016 [38]
21 Despicable Me 85.6 2010 [83]
22 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 85 2012 [84]
23 Kung Fu Panda 83.7 2008 [85]
24 Cars 83.3 2006 [86]
25 The Lorax 82.9 2012 [87]
26 Ice Age: The Meltdown 81.9 2006 [15]
27 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 81.8 2008 [88]
28 Ratatouille 80.5 2007 [89]
29 Monsters, Inc. 80.3 2001 [65]
30 Frozen 76.1 2013 [32]
31 Big Hero 6 75.6 2014 [90]
32 Cars 3 74.7 2017 [91]
33 Madagascar 72.3 2005 [92]
34 Monsters vs. Aliens 72.2 2009 [93]
35 Kung Fu Panda 2 70.3 2011 [94]

Biggest opening day in U.S. and Canada for an animated film[edit]

This list charts animated films that had openings in excess of $16 million on their first day of release in the U.S. and Canada. Figures are given in United States dollars (USD). 53.5% of the films in this list were released after 2010. 2008 is the most represented year on the list with 4 films.

All films in the main series Cars, Despicable Me, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and The Incredibles are present on this list and Despicable Me is the most represented franchise with 4 films. Pixar is the most represented studios with 13 films on the list.

rank film gross ($million) year Ref[95]
1 Incredibles 2 71.5 2018 [2]
2 Finding Dory 54.7 2016 [24]
3 Minions 46.2 2015 [12]
4 Toy Story 3 41.1 2010 [6]
5 The Secret Life of Pets 38.5 2016 [14]
6 Shrek the Third 38.4 2007 [9]
7 Despicable Me 2 35 2013 [5]
8 Inside Out 34.3 2015 [96]
9 Monsters University 30.5 2013 [7]
10 Despicable Me 3 29.1 2017 [26]
11 Cars 2 25.7 2011 [16]
12 Brave 24.6 2012 [15]
13 WALL-E 23.2 2008 [33]
14 Ice Age: The Meltdown 21.8 2006 [11]
15 Up 21.5 2009 [31]
16 Despicable Me 21.3 2010 [39]
17 Shrek Forever After 20.8 2010 [13]
18 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 20.7 2012 [8]
19 The Incredibles 20.5 2004 [27]
20 Kung Fu Panda 20.3 2008 [18]
21 Finding Nemo 20.2 2003 [28]
22 Cars 19.7 2006 [35]
23 Zootopia 19.5 2016 [25]
24 How to Train Your Dragon 2 18.4 2014 [47]
25 Monsters, Inc. 17.8 2001 [20]
26 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 17.6 2008 [97]
27 Dr. Seuss' The Lorax 17.5 2012 [98]
28 The Lego Movie 17.1 2014 [99]
29 Monsters vs Aliens 16.8 2009 [100]
30 Ice Age Continental Drift 16.7 2012 [101]
31 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation 16.9 2018 [102]
32 Ratatouille 16.6 2007 [103]

Biggest opening weekends overseas for an animated film since 2002[edit]

This list charts the biggest opening weekends overseas for an animated film since 2002. Figures are given in United States dollars (USD). 75% of the films in the top 12 were released after 2010. 2011 are the most represented years on the list with 4 films. Films must exceed $40 million.

Blue Sky is the most represented studios with 5 films on the list.

rank film overseas gross ($million) year Ref[104]
1 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 151.7 2009 [3]
2 The Simpsons Movie 96.9 2007 [21]
3 Ice Age: Continental Drift 80.3 2012 [105]
4 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 77.3 2013 [8]
5 The Adventures of Tintin 56.2 2011 [106]
6 Kung Fu Panda 2 55.5 2011 [94]
7 Rio 54.9 2011 [107]
8 Monsters University 54.5 2013 [74]
9 Incredibles 2 53.1 2018 [23]
10 Finding Dory 50.6 2016 [24]
11 Ice Age: The Meltdown 47.4 2006 [15]
12 The Angry Birds Movie 43 2016 [108]
13 Cars 2 42.9 2011 [81]

See also[edit]

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