List of highest-grossing animated films [Wikipedia, modified]

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.

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

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

[# 1][# 2]

2

2

Minions film currently playing

$1,157,275,017

2015

[# 3]

3

1

Toy Story 3

$1,063,171,911

2010

[# 4][# 5]

4

1

The Lion King

$987,483,777

1994

[# 6][# 7]

5

3

Despicable Me 2

$970,761,885

2013

[# 8][# 9]

6

1

Finding Nemo

$936,743,261

2003

[# 10][# 11]

7

1

Shrek 2

$919,838,758

2004

[# 12][# 13]

8

2

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

$886,686,817

2009

[# 14][# 15]

9

5

Ice Age: Continental Drift

$877,244,782

2012

[# 16][# 17]

10

10

Inside Out film currently playing

$856,130,132

2015

[# 18]

11

3

Shrek the Third

$798,958,162

2007

[# 19][# 20]

12

6

Shrek Forever After

$752,600,867

2010

[# 21][# 22]

13

8

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

$746,921,274

2012

[# 23][# 24]

14

11

Monsters University

$743,559,607

2013

[# 25][# 26]

15

6

Up

$731,342,744

2009

[# 27][# 28]

16

9

Kung Fu Panda 2

$665,692,281

2011

[# 29][# 30]

17

4

Ice Age: The Meltdown

$661,483,908

2006

[# 31][# 32]

18

16

Big Hero 6

$657,827,828

2014

[# 33][# 34]

19

6

Kung Fu Panda

$631,744,560

2008

[# 35][# 36]

20

4

The Incredibles

$631,442,092

2004

[# 37][# 38]

21

7

Ratatouille

$623,722,818

2007

[# 39][# 40]

22

19

How to Train Your Dragon 2

$621,537,519

2014

[# 41][# 42]

23

9

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

$603,900,354

2008

[# 43][# 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][# 38]

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][# 7]

35

32

Rio 2

$500,188,435

2014

[# 64][# 42]

36

19

How to Train Your Dragon

$494,878,759

2010

[# 65][# 66]

37

3

Toy Story 2

$490,728,379

1999

[# 67][# 7][4]

38

25

Rio

$484,635,760

2011

[# 68][# 69]

39

4

Shrek

$484,409,218

2001

[# 70][# 7]

40

31

Wreck-It Ralph

$471,222,889

2012

[# 71][# 72]

41

38

The Lego Movie

$468,760,692

2014

[# 73][# 74]

42

42

Hotel Transylvania 2 film currently playing

$465,574,344

2015

[# 75]

43

11

Cars

$461,983,149

2006

[# 76][# 77]

44

4

Tarzan

$448,191,819

1999

[# 78][# 7]

45

2

Beauty and the Beast

$424,967,620

1991

[# 79][# 7]

46

1

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

$418,200,000

1937

[# 80][# 81]

47

46

Home

$386,041,607

2015

[# 82][# 83]

48

14

Happy Feet

$384,335,608

2006

[# 84][# 85]

49

8

Ice Age

$383,257,136

2002

[# 86][# 87]

50

22

Monsters vs. Aliens

$381,509,870

2009

[# 88][# 89]

 

 

Computer animation

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.

  film currently playing Background shading indicates films playing in the week commencing 22 January 2016 in theaters around the world.

Highest-grossing computer animated films[5]

Rank

Peak

Title

Worldwide gross

Year

Ref

1

1

Frozen

$1,279,852,693

2013

[# 1][# 90]

2

2

Minions film currently playing

$1,157,275,017

2015

[# 3]

3

1

Toy Story 3

$1,063,171,911

2010

[# 4][# 91]

4

2

Despicable Me 2

$970,761,885

2013

[# 8][# 92]

5

1

Finding Nemo

$936,743,261

2003

[# 10][# 93]

6

1

Shrek 2

$919,838,758

2004

[# 12][# 94]

7

2

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

$886,686,817

2009

[# 14][# 95]

8

5

Ice Age: Continental Drift

$877,244,782

2012

[# 16][# 96]

9

9

Inside Out film currently playing

$856,130,132

2015

[# 18]

10

2

Shrek the Third

$798,958,162

2007

[# 19][# 97]

11

6

Shrek Forever After

$752,600,867

2010

[# 21][# 91]

12

7

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

$746,921,274

2012

[# 23][# 98]

13

10

Monsters University

$743,559,607

2013

[# 25][# 99]

14

5

Up

$731,342,744

2009

[# 27][# 100]

15

8

Kung Fu Panda 2

$665,692,281

2011

[# 29][# 101]

16

3

Ice Age: The Meltdown

$661,483,908

2006

[# 31][# 102]

17

15

Big Hero 6

$657,827,828

2014

[# 33][# 103]

18

5

Kung Fu Panda

$631,744,560

2008

[# 35][# 104]

19

3

The Incredibles

$631,442,092

2004

[# 37][# 105]

20

6

Ratatouille

$623,722,818

2007

[# 39][# 40]

21

18

How to Train Your Dragon 2

$621,537,519

2014

[# 41][# 106]

22

8

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

$603,900,354

2008

[# 43][# 107]

23

13

Tangled

$591,794,936

2010

[# 45][# 108]

24

17

The Croods

$587,204,668

2013

[# 47][# 109]

25

1

Monsters, Inc.

$562,816,256

2001

[# 49][# 93]

26

15

Cars 2

$559,852,396

2011

[# 51][# 101]

27

16

Puss in Boots

$554,987,477

2011

[# 53][# 110]

28

13

Despicable Me

$543,113,985

2010

[# 55][# 108]

29

20

Brave

$538,788,207

2012

[# 56][# 98]

30

3

Madagascar

$532,680,671

2005

[# 58][# 105]

31

10

WALL-E

$521,311,860

2008

[# 61][# 111]

32

29

Rio 2

$500,188,435

2014

[# 64][# 106]

33

16

How to Train Your Dragon

$494,878,759

2010

[# 65][# 66]

34

1

Toy Story 2

$490,728,379

1999

[# 67][# 7] [6]

35

22

Rio

$484,635,760

2011

[# 68][# 112]

36

2

Shrek

$484,409,218

2001

[# 70][# 7]

37

28

Wreck-It Ralph

$471,222,889

2012

[# 71][# 113]

38

35

The Lego Movie

$468,760,692

2014

[# 73][# 114]

39

39

Hotel Transylvania 2 film currently playing

$465,574,344

2015

[# 75]

40

8

Cars

$461,983,149

2006

[# 76][# 115]

41

40

Home

$386,041,607

2015

[# 82][# 116]

42

8

Happy Feet

$384,335,608

2006

[# 84][# 117]

43

2

Ice Age

$383,257,136

2002

[# 86][# 87]

44

16

Monsters vs. Aliens

$381,509,870

2009

[# 88][# 118]

45

41

Penguins of Madagascar

$374,714,174

2014

[# 119][# 103]

46

29

The Adventures of Tintin

$373,993,951

2011

[# 120][# 121]

47

1

Toy Story

$370,638,993

1995

[# 122][# 7][# 7] [7]

48

7

Shark Tale

$367,275,019

2004

[# 123][# 124]

49

1

A Bug's Life

$363,398,565

1998

[# 125][# 7]

50

38

Hotel Transylvania

$358,375,603

2012

[# 126][# 127]

 

 

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, 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

[# 6]

2

The Simpsons Movie

$527,071,022

2007

[# 59]

3

Aladdin

$504,050,219

1992

[# 63]

4

Tarzan

$448,191,819

1999

[# 78]

5

Beauty and the Beast

$424,967,620

1991

[# 79]

6

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

$418,200,000

1937

[# 80][# 81]

7

Pocahontas

$346,079,773

1995

[# 128]

8

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

$325,338,851

1996

[# 129]

9

Mulan

$304,320,254

1998

[# 130]

10

Spirited Away

$289,096,678

2001

[# 131]

11

Lilo & Stitch

$273,144,151

2002

[# 132]

12

Bambi

$267,447,150

1942

[# 133]

13

The Princess and the Frog

$267,045,765

2009

[# 134]

14

Cinderella

$263,591,415

1950

[# 135]

15

Hercules

$252,712,101

1997

[# 136]

16

Brother Bear

$250,397,798

2003

[# 137]

17

Howl's Moving Castle

$235,184,110

2004

[# 138]

18

The Prince of Egypt

$218,613,188

1998

[# 139]

19

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

$215,880,014

1961

[# 140]

20

The Little Mermaid

$211,343,479

1989

[# 141]

21

The Jungle Book

$205,843,612

1967

[# 142]

22

Ponyo

$201,750,937

2008

[# 143]

23

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

$186,053,725

2001

[# 144]

24

The Emperor's New Groove

$169,327,687

2000

[# 145]

25

Pokémon: The First Movie

$163,644,662

1998

[# 146]

26

Princess Mononoke

$159,375,308

1997

[# 147]

27

An American Tail

$150,000,000

1986

[# 148]

28

The Secret World of Arrietty

$145,570,827

2010

[# 149]

29

Peter Pan

$145,000,000

1953

[# 150]

30

The Rugrats Movie

$140,894,675

1998

[# 151]

31

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

$140,161,792

2004

[# 152]

32

Anastasia

$139,804,348

1997

[# 153]

33

The Wind Rises

$136,454,220

2013

[# 154]

34

The Jungle Book 2

$135,703,599

2003

[# 155]

35

Pokémon: The Movie 2000

$133,949,270

1999

[# 156]

36

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

$122,563,539

2002

[# 157]

37

Return to Never Land

$109,862,682

2002

[# 158]

38

Treasure Planet

$109,578,115

2002

[# 159]

39

Home on the Range

$103,951,461

2004

[# 160]

40

Rugrats in Paris: The Movie

$103,291,131

2000

[# 161]

41

The Tigger Movie

$96,159,800

2000

[# 162]

42

Lady and the Tramp

$93,602,326

1955

[# 163]

43

Fantasia 2000

$90,874,570

1999

[# 164]

44

Fritz the Cat

$90,000,000

1972

[# 165]

45

Pinocchio

$87,000,862

1940

[# 166]

46

The Land Before Time

$84,460,846

1988

[# 167]

47

Fantasia

$83,320,000

1940

[# 168]

48

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

$80,767,884

2003

[# 169]

49

The Road to El Dorado

$76,432,727

2000

[# 170]

50

Pokémon: Zoroark - Master of Illusions

$71,143,529

2010

[# 171]

 

Stop motion animation

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[8]

Rank

Title

Worldwide gross

Year

Ref

1

Chicken Run

$224,834,564

2000

[# 172]

2

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

$192,610,372

2005

[# 173]

3

Coraline

$124,596,398

2009

[# 174]

4

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

$123,057,928

2012

[# 175]

5

Corpse Bride

$117,195,061

2005

[# 176]

6

Shaun the Sheep Movie film currently playing

$109,757,747

2015

[# 177]

7

The Boxtrolls

$109,285,033

2014

[# 178]

8

ParaNorman

$107,139,399

2012

[# 179]

9

The Little Prince film currently playing

$85,151,822

2015

[# 180]

10

Frankenweenie

$81,491,068

2012

[# 181]

11

The Nightmare Before Christmas

$76,128,123

1993

[# 182]

12

Fantastic Mr. Fox

$46,471,023

2009

[# 183]

13

James and the Giant Peach

$28,946,127

1996

[# 184]

14

Monkeybone

$7,622,365

2001

[# 185]

15

The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix

$5,914,576

1975

[# 186]

16

Mary and Max

$1,725,381

2009

[# 187]

17

Anomalisa film currently playing

$1,035,699

2015

[# 188]

18

Wallace & Gromit: The Best of Aardman Animation

$1,009,577

1996

[# 189]

19

The Adventures of Mark Twain

$849,915

1985

[# 190]

20

$9.99

$708,354

2008

[# 191]

21

Worms

$688,009

2013

[# 192]

22

Moomins and the Comet Chase

$618,307

2010

[# 193]

23

A Town Called Panic

$196,176

2009

[# 194]

24

Hell and Back

$157,768

2015

[# 195]

25

Toys in the Attic

$126,469

2012

[# 196]

 

Highest-grossing animated films by year

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.[9] The years 1937, 1940, 1942, 1950, 1953, 1955, 1961, 1967, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2004, 2010 & 2013 were the top high-grossing films by year.[10] Every year since 2015 there has been at least one animated film in the top 10 highest grossing film of the year.[11]

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.

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Year

Title

Worldwide gross