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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 both Frozen and Frozen II in addition to films from 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.
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 franchises with four films. Pixar is the most represented studio on the list with 15 films.
The top 12 films on this list are also among the top 50 worldwide highest-grossing films of all time, ranking 7th, 10th, 16th, 18th, 21st, 31st, 32nd, 38th, 40th, 43rd, 47th, and 48th, respectively. The top 10 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 $1.963.000.000.
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.
Films that combine live action and animation 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.
2.1. Highest-grossing animated films by animation type Computer animation
The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing computer animated films. All 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 11 are among the 50 highest-grossing films, and the top 10 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.
2.2. Highest-grossing animated films by animation type 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, Solan & Ludvig and Shaun the Sheep franchises are on the list, with Wallace and Gromit 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.
2.3. Highest-grossing animated films by animation type 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 Pokemon 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 49.
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.
3. Highest-grossing animated films by year
2010 is the year with the most animated films in the top 10, with five. 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.
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.
- R Distributor rental
- JP Japanese gross only
- . Since grosses are not limited to original theatrical runs, a films first-run gross is included in brackets after the total if known.
- AU Australian gross only
- SW Swedish gross only
- TBD To be determined
- H Films contain animated/live-action scenes.
- * Canada and U.S. gross only
- N/A Not applicable; no animated feature length film was released in that year.
- ES Spanish only
- NW Norwegian gross only
4. Timeline of highest-grossing animated films
At least eight animated films have held the record of highest-grossing animated film at different times. Five of these were Disney films and two by Pixar. Shrek 2, made by DreamWorks Animation is the only film 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 2 are not also among the highest-grossing films. The Lion King is the only franchise to hold the record twice.
4.1. Timeline of highest-grossing animated films Computer animated
The flowing is a Timeline of highest-grossing compter animated films.
Toy Story is the only franchise to hold the record on multiple times doing so with the first three movie, Pixar is the only stuido to hold the record on muitply times doing so on six time whiles A Bugs Life and Finding Nemo both hold the record the shortest less than a year.
4.2. Timeline of highest-grossing animated films Stop motion
At least three stop motions animated films have held the record of highest-grossing animated film at different times. Chicken Run held the record for the longest, with 19 years, while The Nightmare Before Christmas held it for the shortest period of three year.
Both Chicken Run and The Nightmare Before Christmas are still among the highest-grossing stop motion animated films.
5. Highest-grossing animated franchises and film series
The following chart is a list of the highest-grossing animated film franchises. The top six are among the highest-grossing film franchises of all time and, respectively, are ranked 15th, 17th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, and 23rd of all time. Despicable Me is the highest-grossing animated franchise of all time with $3.7 billion; it is also one of three animated franchises with two films grossing over $1 billion worldwide, the others being Toy Story and Frozen. Frozen is the only animated franchise where every installment grossed $1 billion; it 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.