List of Highest-grossing Animated Films
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List of Highest-grossing Animated Films

Included in the list are charts of the top box-office earners, a chart of high-grossing animated films by the 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 subsidiary Pixar, of which Incredibles 2, 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, Bambi, and The Lion King series saw successful returns after lying dormant for decades.

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 per cent of the picture's running time.

--Rule Seven - Special Rules for the Animated Feature Film Award: I. Definition[1]

Highest-grossing animated films

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. 98% of the films in the top 50 were released after 2000. 2016 is the most represented year on the list with six films. Despicable Me is the most represented franchise with four films. Pixar is the most represented studio on the list with 15 films.

The top 11 films on this list are also among the top 50 worldwide highest-grossing films of all time, ranking 7th, 15th, 17th, 20th, 30th, 31st, 36th, 38th, 41st, 45th, and 46th, respectively. The top nine have each 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 $1,971,000,000.[2][nb 1]

The films on this list have all had a theatrical run (including re-releases) since 2004. 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 footage is animation and a significant number of major characters are animated.[1]

  film currently playingBackground shading indicates films playing in the week commencing 08 November 2019 in theaters around the world.
Highest-grossing animated films[3]
Rank Peak Title Worldwide gross Year Reference(s)
1 1 The Lion King [nb 2]film currently playing $1,654,653,262 2019 [# 1]
2[nb 3] 1 Frozen $1,290,000,000 2013 [# 2]
3 2 Incredibles 2 $1,242,805,359 2018 [# 3]
4 2 Minions $1,159,398,397 2015 [# 4]
5 5 Toy Story 4 film currently playing $1,072,068,988 2019 [# 5]
6 1 Toy Story 3 $1,066,969,703 2010 [# 6][# 7]
7 4 Despicable Me 3 $1,034,799,409 2017 [# 8]
8 4 Finding Dory $1,028,570,889 2016 [# 9]
9 4 Zootopia $1,023,784,195 2016 [# 10]
10 2[nb 4] Despicable Me 2 $970,761,885 2013 [# 11][# 12]
11 1 The Lion King [nb 5] $968,483,777 1994 [# 13][# 14]
12 1 Finding Nemo $940,335,536 2003 [# 15][# 16]
13 1 Shrek 2 $919,838,758 2004 [# 17][# 18]
14 2 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $886,686,817 2009 [# 19][# 20]
15 6 Ice Age: Continental Drift $877,244,782 2012 [# 21][# 22]
16 12 The Secret Life of Pets $875,457,937 2016 [# 23]
17 10 Inside Out $857,611,174 2015 [# 24]
18 15 Coco $807,082,196 2017 [# 25]
19 3 Shrek the Third $798,958,162 2007 [# 26][# 27]
20 7 Shrek Forever After $752,600,867 2010 [# 28][# 29]
21 9 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted $746,921,274 2012 [# 30][# 31]
22 11 Monsters University $744,229,437 2013 [# 32][# 33]
23 6 Up $735,099,082 2009 [# 34][# 35]
24 24 Ne Zha film currently playing $728,993,357 2019 [# 36]
25 9 Kung Fu Panda 2 $665,692,281 2011 [# 37][# 38]
26 4 Ice Age: The Meltdown $660,940,780 2006 [# 39][# 40]
27 16 Big Hero 6 $657,818,612 2014 [# 41][# 42]
28 22 Moana $643,331,111 2016 [# 43]
29 24 Sing $634,151,679 2016 [# 44]
30 4 The Incredibles $633,019,734 2004 [# 45][# 46]
31 7 Kung Fu Panda $631,744,560 2008 [# 47][# 48]
32 19 How to Train Your Dragon 2 $621,537,519 2014 [# 49][# 50]
33 7 Ratatouille $620,702,951 2007 [# 51][# 52]
34 9 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa $603,900,354 2008 [# 53][# 54]
35 14 Tangled $591,794,936 2010 [# 55][# 56]
36 18 The Croods $587,204,668 2013 [# 57][# 58]
37 2 Monsters, Inc. $577,425,734 2001 [# 59][# 60]
38 16 Cars 2 $562,110,557 2011 [# 61][# 62]
39 17 Puss in Boots $554,987,477 2011 [# 63][# 64]
40 14 Despicable Me $543,113,985 2010 [# 65][# 56]
41 21 Brave $540,437,063 2012 [# 66][# 67]
42 10 WALL-E $533,281,433 2008 [# 68][# 69]
43 5 Madagascar $532,680,671 2005 [# 70][# 46]
44 41 Ralph Breaks the Internet $529,323,962 2018 [# 71]
45 41 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation $528,583,774 2018 [# 72]
46 40 The Boss Baby $527,965,936 2017 [# 73]
47 8 The Simpsons Movie $527,071,022 2007 [# 74][# 75]
48 35 Kung Fu Panda 3 $521,170,825 2016 [# 76]
49 46 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World $519,896,648 2019 [# 77]
50 45 The Grinch $511,595,957 2018 [# 78]

Highest-grossing animated films by animation type

Computer animation

The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing computer animated films. 98% of films in the top 50 were released after 2000. 2016 is the most represented year on the list with six films.

All feature films in the Despicable Me, Kung Fu Panda, Finding Nemo, and Incredibles franchises, as well as the main films in the Madagascar franchise, are on the list while the Toy Story, Shrek, Ice Age, and How to Train Your Dragon franchises feature often. Pixar is the most represented studio on the list with 16 films.

The top 48 films listed are also among the 50 highest-grossing animated films, the top 10 are among the 50 highest-grossing films, and the top nine have each grossed in excess of $1 billion worldwide.

The films on this chart have all had a theatrical run (including re-releases) since 2004, 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.

film currently playing indicates films playing in theaters around the world in the week commencing 08 November 2019.
Highest-grossing computer animated films[4]
Rank Peak Title Worldwide gross Year Ref
1 1 The Lion King [nb 2]film currently playing $1,654,653,262 2019 [# 1]
2[nb 3] 1 Frozen $1,290,000,000 2013 [# 2][# 79]
3 2 Incredibles 2 $1,242,805,359 2018 [# 3]
4 2 Minions $1,159,398,397 2015 [# 4]
5 5 Toy Story 4 film currently playing $1,072,068,988 2019 [# 5]
6 1 Toy Story 3 $1,066,969,703 2010 [# 6][# 80]
7 4 Despicable Me 3 $1,034,799,409 2017 [# 8]
8 4 Finding Dory $1,028,570,889 2016 [# 9]
9 4 Zootopia $1,023,784,195 2016 [# 10]
10 2 Despicable Me 2 $970,761,885 2013 [# 11][# 81]
11 1 Finding Nemo $940,335,536 2003 [# 15][# 82]
12 1 Shrek 2 $919,838,758 2004 [# 17][# 83]
13 3 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $886,686,817 2009 [# 19][# 84]
14 5 Ice Age: Continental Drift $877,244,782 2012 [# 21][# 85]
15 11 The Secret Life of Pets $875,457,937 2016 [# 23]
16 9 Inside Out $857,611,174 2015 [# 24]
17 14 Coco $807,082,196 2017 [# 25]
18 3 Shrek the Third $798,958,162 2007 [# 26][# 86]
19 6 Shrek Forever After $752,600,867 2010 [# 28][# 80]
20 8 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted $746,921,274 2012 [# 30][# 87]
21 10 Monsters University $744,229,437 2013 [# 32][# 88]
22 5 Up $735,099,082 2009 [# 34][# 89]
23 23 Ne Zha film currently playing $728,993,357 2019 [# 36]
24 8 Kung Fu Panda 2 $665,692,281 2011 [# 37][# 90]
25 3 Ice Age: The Meltdown $660,940,780 2006 [# 39][# 91]
26 15 Big Hero 6 $657,818,612 2014 [# 41][# 92]
27 21 Moana $643,331,111 2016 [# 43]
28 23 Sing $634,151,679 2016 [# 44]
29 3 The Incredibles $633,019,734 2004 [# 45][# 93]
30 6 Kung Fu Panda $631,744,560 2008 [# 47][# 94]
31 18 How to Train Your Dragon 2 $621,537,519 2014 [# 49][# 95]
32 6 Ratatouille $620,702,951 2007 [# 51][# 52]
33 8 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa $603,900,354 2008 [# 53][# 96]
34 13 Tangled $591,794,936 2010 [# 55][# 97]
35 17 The Croods $587,204,668 2013 [# 57][# 98]
36 1 Monsters, Inc. $577,425,734 2001 [# 59][# 82]
37 15 Cars 2 $562,110,557 2011 [# 61][# 90]
38 16 Puss in Boots $554,987,477 2011 [# 63][# 99]
39 13 Despicable Me $543,113,985 2010 [# 65][# 97]
40 20 Brave $540,437,063 2012 [# 66][# 87]
41 9 WALL-E $533,281,433 2008 [# 68][# 100]
42 4 Madagascar $532,680,671 2005 [# 70][# 93]
43 40 Ralph Breaks the Internet $529,323,962 2018 [# 71]
44 40 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation $528,583,774 2018 [# 72]
45 39 The Boss Baby $527,965,936 2017 [# 73]
46 33 Kung Fu Panda 3 $521,170,825 2016 [# 76]
47 44 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World $519,896,648 2019 [# 77]
48 43 The Grinch $511,595,957 2018 [# 78]
49 29 Rio 2 $500,101,972 2014 [# 101]
50 1 Toy Story 2 $497,366,869 1999 [# 102][# 14]

Stop motion animation

The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing stop motion films. Films had to surpass $10 million to qualify for this list. 89.5% of the top 18 were released after 2000. 2012 is the most represented year on the list with three films.

Laika and Aardman are the most represented studio on the list with six films. All stop motion feature films by Aardman, DreamWorks Animation, Laika, and Tim Burton are on the list. All feature films in the Wallace and Gromit and Solan & Ludvig franchises are on the list, with Wallace and gormit being the most represented franchises on the list, with three 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.

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Highest-grossing stop motion films[5]
Rank Title Worldwide gross Year Ref
1 Chicken Run $224,834,564 2000 [# 103]
2 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit $192,610,372 2005 [# 104]
3 Coraline $124,596,398 2009 [# 105]
4 The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! $123,057,928 2012 [# 106]
5 Corpse Bride $117,195,061 2005 [# 107]
6 The Boxtrolls $109,285,033 2014 [# 108]
7 ParaNorman $107,139,399 2012 [# 109]
8 Shaun the Sheep Movie $106,209,378 2015 [# 110]
9 The Little Prince $97,571,250 2015 [# 111]
10 The Nightmare Before Christmas $81,877,069 1993 [# 112]
11 Frankenweenie $81,491,068 2012 [# 113]
12 Kubo and the Two Strings $77,548,564 2016 [# 114]
13 Isle of Dogs $64,241,499 2018 [# 115]
14 Early Man $54,622,814 2018 [# 116]
15 Fantastic Mr. Fox $46,471,023 2009 [# 117]
16 James and the Giant Peach $28,946,127 1996 [# 118]
17 Missing Link $25,922,018 2019 [# 119]
18 Farmageddon: A Shaun the Sheep Movie film currently playing $23,595,579 2019 [# 120]
19 The Christmas of Solan & Ludvig $12,345,881 2013 [# 121]

Traditional animation

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 and 2002 are the most represented years on the list, with four films each.

All films in the main Peter Pan, Jungle Book, and SpongeBob SquarePants series appear in the chart, while the Rugrats and Pokémon franchises feature prominently. All of these five franchises are also the most represented, with two films each. Disney is the most represented studio with 27 films.

The top two films on this list are also among on the 50 highest-grossing animated films. Only The Lion King is among the 50 highest-grossing films, ranking in at 46.

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 traditionally animated films
Rank Title Worldwide gross Year Ref
1 The Lion King [nb 5] $968,483,777 1994 [# 13]
2 The Simpsons Movie $527,071,022 2007 [# 74]
3 Aladdin $504,050,219 1992 [# 122]
4 Tarzan $448,191,819 1999 [# 123]
5 Beauty and the Beast $424,967,620 1991 [# 124]
6 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs $418,200,000 1937 [# 125][# 126]
7 The Jungle Book $378,000,000 1967 [# 127]
8 Spirited Away $365,481,131 2001 [a]
9 Your Name $361,024,012 2016 [11]
10 Pocahontas $346,079,773 1995 [# 128]
11 The Hunchback of Notre Dame $325,338,851 1996 [# 129]
12 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water $325,186,032 2015 [# 130]
13 Mulan $304,320,254 1998 [# 131]
14 One Hundred and One Dalmatians $303,000,000 1961 [# 127]
15 Lilo & Stitch $273,144,151 2002 [# 132]
16 The Princess and the Frog $270,997,378 2009 [# 133]
17 Bambi $267,447,150 1942 [# 134]
18 Cinderella $263,591,415 1950 [# 135]
19 Hercules $252,712,101 1997 [# 136]
20 Brother Bear $250,397,798 2003 [# 137]
21 Howl's Moving Castle $235,184,110 2004 [# 138]
22 Weathering with You film currently playing $218,718,175 2019 [b]
23 The Prince of Egypt $218,613,188 1998 [# 139]
24 The Little Mermaid $211,343,479 1989 [# 140]
25 Ponyo $201,750,937 2008 [# 141]
26 The Aristocats $191,000,000 1970 [# 127]
27 Lady and the Tramp $187,000,000 1955 [# 127]
28 Atlantis: The Lost Empire $186,053,725 2001 [# 142]
29 The Emperor's New Groove $169,327,687 2000 [# 143]
30 The Rescuers $169,000,000 1977 [# 127]
31 Pokémon: The First Movie $163,644,662 1998 [# 144]
32 Princess Mononoke $160,839,579 1997 [# 145]
33 Arrietty $145,570,827 2010 [# 146]
34 Peter Pan $145,000,000 1953 [# 147]
35 The Rugrats Movie $140,894,675 1998 [# 148]
36 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie $140,161,792 2004 [# 149]
37 Anastasia $139,804,348 1997 [# 150]
38 The Wind Rises $136,454,220 2013 [# 151]
39 The Jungle Book 2 $135,703,599 2003 [# 152]
40 Pokémon: The Movie 2000 $133,949,270 1999 [# 153]
41 Dragon Ball Super: Broly $124,500,000 2018 [# 154][18]
42 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron $122,563,539 2002 [# 155]
43 Pinocchio $121,892,045 1940 [# 156]
44 Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire film currently playing $119,875,024 2019 [19]
45 Return to Never Land $109,862,682 2002 [# 157]
46 Treasure Planet $109,578,115 2002 [# 158]
47 Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer $108,105,223 2018 [# 159]
48 Home on the Range $103,951,485 2004 [# 160]
49 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie $103,291,131 2000 [# 161]
50 The Tigger Movie $96,159,800 2000 [# 162]

Highest-grossing animated films by year

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.[# 163] 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 have been at least one animated film in the top 10 highest-grossing films of the year.[# 164]

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 have topped every other year.

All films in the Rescuers, Finding Nemo, and Lion King franchises were the highest-grossing animated films of the year they were released. The Ice Age and Doraemon franchises have had the most entries be the 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 [# 125][# 165][# 166]
1938 N/A N/A N/A N/A
1939 Gulliver's Travels $3,200,000* $700,000 [# 167][# 168]
1940 Pinocchio $87,000,862* ($3,500,000)R $2,600,000 [# 156][# 166][# 169]
1941 Dumbo $1,600,000* $950,000 [# 170][# 171]
1942 Bambi $267,447,150 ($3,449,353)R $1,700,000-2,000,000 [# 134][# 172][# 173]
1943 Victory Through Air Power $799,000* ~$789,000 [# 174]
1944 The Three Caballeros $3,355,000R TBD [# 175][# 176]
1945 The Enchanted Sword ESEUR5,595,283ES (~$90,000) TBD [# 177]
1946 Make Mine Music $3,275,000R $1,370,000 [# 175][# 178]
1947 Fun and Fancy Free $3,165,000R TBD [# 175]
1948 Melody Time $2,560,000R $1,500,000 [# 175][# 179]
1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad $1,625,000R TBD [# 175]
1950 Cinderella $263,591,415
($20,000,000/$7,800,000)*R
$2,200,000 [# 180][# 181][# 169]
1951 Alice in Wonderland $2,400,000* $3,000,000 [# 182][# 183]
1952 The King and the Mockingbird $27,513 TBD [20]
1953 Peter Pan $145,000,000 ($7,000,000) $3,000,000-4,000,000 [# 147]
1954 TBD TBD TBD TBD
1955 Lady and the Tramp $187,000,000 ($6,500,000)*R $4,000,000 [# 127][# 184]
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 [# 185][# 186][# 187][# 188]
1960 TBD TBD TBD TBD
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians $303,000,000 $3,600,000-4,000,000 [# 189][# 190][# 173][# 127]
1962 TBD TBD TBD TBD
1963 The Sword in the Stone $22,182,353*R ($13,050,777)*R $3,000,000 [# 191][# 192][# 193]
1964 Hey There, It's Yogi Bear $1,940,903*-2,438,233*
($1,130,000)R
TBD [# 194][# 195][# 196]
1965 TBD TBD TBD TBD
1966 The Man Called Flintstone $2,764,684* TBD
1967 The Jungle Book $378,000,000 ($23,800,000)R $3,900,000-4,000,000 [# 127][# 197][# 198][# 173]
1968 Out of an Old Man's Head SEK1,270,971SW (~$245,000)H TBD [# 199]
1969 A Boy Named Charlie Brown $12,000,000* $1,100,000 [# 200][# 201][# 202]
1970 The Aristocats $191,000,000 ($26,462,000)R $4,000,000 [# 127][# 203][# 204]
1971 Daisy Town SEK1,202,319SW (~$253,000) TBD [# 205]
1972 Fritz the Cat $90,000,000 $850,000 [# 206]
1973 Robin Hood $32,056,467* ($27,500,000)R $5,000,000 [# 207][# 208][# 209]
1974 Dunderklumpen! SEK5,813,000SW (~$2,675,205)H TBD [# 210]
1975 The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix $6,439,069NWSW TBD [# 211]
1976 The Smurfs and the Magic Flute $19,000,000 TBD [# 212]
1977 The Rescuers $169,000,000 ($29,000,000)* $7,500,000 [# 127][# 213]
1978 The Lord of the Rings $30,471,420* $4,000,000 [# 214][# 215]
1979 Galaxy Express 999 ¥1,650,000,000JP ($7,610,000) TBD [# 216][circular reference][# 217]
1980 Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur ¥1,550,000,000JP ($6,200,000) TBD [# 218][# 219]
1981 The Fox and the Hound $63,456,988* ($39,900,000)* $12,000,000 [# 220][# 221]
1982 The Secret of NIMH $14,665,733* $7,000,000 [# 222][# 223]
1983 Harmagedon: Genma Wars ¥1,060,000,000JP ($4,500,000) TBD [# 224][# 225]
1984 Doraemon: Nobita's Great Adventure into the Underworld ¥1,650,000,000JP ($7,300,000) TBD [# 226][# 227]
1985 The Care Bears Movie $34,000,000 ($22,934,622)* $2,000,000-4,500,000 [# 228][# 229]
1986 An American Tail $84,542,002* $9,000,000 [# 230]
1987 Doraemon: Nobita and the Knights on Dinosaurs ¥1,500,000,000JP ($9,800,000) TBD [# 231][# 232]
1988 The Land Before Time $84,460,846 $12,300,000 [# 233][# 234]
1989 The Little Mermaid $211,343,479 ($84,355,863)* $40,000,000 [# 140][# 235]
1990 The Rescuers Down Under $47,431,461 TBD [# 236]
1991 Beauty and the Beast $424,967,620 ($351,863,363) $25,000,000 [# 124]
1992 Aladdin $504,050,219 $28,000,000 [# 122][# 173]
1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas $81,877,069 ($50,003,043)* $18,000,000 [# 112][# 237]
1994 The Lion King [nb 5] $968,483,777 ($766,964,132) $45,000,000 [# 238]
1995 Toy Story $373,554,033 ($361,958,736) $30,000,000 [# 239][# 240]
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame $325,338,851 $100,000,000 [# 129]
1997 Hercules $252,712,101 $85,000,000 [# 136]
1998 A Bug's Life $363,258,859 $120,000,000 [# 241]
1999 Toy Story 2 $497,366,869 ($485,015,179) $90,000,000 [# 102][# 242]
2000 Dinosaur $349,822,765 $127,500,000 [# 243]
2001 Monsters, Inc. $577,425,734 ($525,373,250) $115,000,000 [# 59]
2002 Ice Age $383,257,136 $59,000,000 [# 244]
2003 Finding Nemo $940,335,536 ($867,893,978) $94,000,000 [# 15]
2004 Shrek 2 $919,838,758 $150,000,000 [# 17]
2005 Madagascar $532,680,671 $75,000,000 [# 70]
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown $660,940,780 $80,000,000 [# 39]
2007 Shrek the Third $798,958,162 $160,000,000 [# 26]
2008 Kung Fu Panda $631,744,560 $130,000,000 [# 47]
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $886,686,817 $90,000,000 [# 19]
2010 Toy Story 3 $1,066,969,703 $200,000,000 [# 6]
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 $665,692,281 $150,000,000 [# 37]
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift $877,244,782 $95,000,000 [# 21]
2013 Frozen [nb 3] $1,290,000,000 ($1,287,000,000) $150,000,000 [# 2]
2014 Big Hero 6 $657,818,612 $165,000,000 [# 41]
2015 Minions $1,159,398,397 $74,000,000 [# 4]
2016 Finding Dory $1,028,570,889 $200,000,000 [# 9]
2017 Despicable Me 3 $1,034,799,409 $80,000,000 [# 8]
2018 Incredibles 2 $1,242,805,359 $200,000,000 [# 3][# 245]
2019 The Lion King [nb 2]film currently playing $1,654,653,262 $260,000,000 [# 1][# 246]
  • ( ... ) 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
  • NWNorwegian gross only
  • AUAustralian gross only
  • JPJapanese gross only
  • RDistributor rental
  • TBDTo be determined
  • 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

At least eight 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 and The Lion King remake made by Fairview Entertainment are the only films on the list not produced by Disney or Pixar.

Snow White held the record for the longest, with 55 years, while Finding Nemo held it for the shortest period of a year. The original 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 except Snow White, and only Snow White, Aladdin and Shrek are not also among the highest-grossing films. The Lion King is the only franchise to hold the record twice.

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Title Established Record-setting gross Ref
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [nb 6] 1938 $8,500,000 [# 247][# 248]
1993 $418,200,000 [# 126]
Aladdin [nb 7] 1993 $504,050,219 [# 122]
The Lion King [nb 5] 1994 $768,000,000 [# 14]
2002 $783,841,776 [# 249]
Finding Nemo 2003 $867,893,978 [# 16]
Shrek 2 2004 $919,838,758 [# 17]
Toy Story 3 2010 $1,066,969,703 [# 6]
Frozen [nb 3] 2014 $1,287,000,000 [# 2]
2017 $1,290,000,000
The Lion King [nb 2]film currently playing 2019 $1,654,637,574 [# 1]

Highest-grossing animated franchises and film series

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 and, respectively, are ranked 15th, 17th, 19th, 20th, and 22nd of all time. Despicable Me is the highest-grossing animated franchise of all time with $3.7 billion; it is also one of only two animated franchises with two films grossing over $1 billion worldwide, the other being Toy Story. The Lion King franchise has the highest per-film average, with over $1.3 billion unadjusted. All franchises by Pixar (the most represented studio with five franchises), DreamWorks Animation, Blue Sky, and 20th Century Fox, are on the list. A given franchise needs to have at least two theatrically released films to be on this list.

film currently playing indicates that at least one film in the series is playing in the week commencing 08 November 2019.
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

Per decade

Notes

  1. ^ Inflation
  2. ^ a b c d This is the remake of the original film.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ a b c d This is the original film.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ It is possible Aladdin never took the record. Aladdins release (1992-93) 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.
  8. ^ The first sixteen Dragon Ball films, from Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies (1986) to Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon (1995), had a total combined box office gross of over ¥40 billion, according to Toei Animation.[21]
  9. ^ The film grossed $52,761,356 worldwide, including $32 million in Japan,[25]$2.8 million in the US and Canada,[26] and $17,961,356 in other territories.[27]
  1. ^ Spirited Away gross:
    • Japan - ¥30.8 billion[6] ($253,437,451)[7]
    • China - $70,675,329[8][9]
    • Outside of Japan and China - $41,368,351[10]
      • United States and Canada - $12,427,717 (30 October 2018)
      • South Korea - $11,382,770 (15 August 2002)
      • France - $6,326,294 (26 June 2002)
      • Other territories - $11,231,570
  2. ^ Weathering with You
    • Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand - $129,853,779[12]
    • Taiwan - $5,340,000[13]
    • Thailand - $760,000[14]
    • Singapore - $755,000[15]
    • India - $169,396[16]
    • China - $81,840,000[17]

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    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)
    Total as of November 26, 2017: £42,840,559 ($1 = £0.7497)
    Total as of December 3, 2017: £42,976,318 ($1 = £0.742)
    Total as of March 30, 2014: EUR35,098,170
    Total as of October 18, 2015: EUR42,526,744
    nb. the exact euro to dollar conversion rate is unknown for earnings since April 2014, but the euro never fell below parity with the dollar during 2014 and 2015 (as can be verified by comparing the exchange rate on the individual date entries at the provided reference) so an approximate conversion rate of EUR1:$1 is used here to give a lower-bound.
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