The 20 Highest Grossing Animated Films of All-Time

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Every year, animated films are becoming more and more popular with audiences. The film makes have become so diverse that they surpass the success of live-action films and animation has been around for a very long time. This list is made to show the 20 bestselling animated films of all time – some new and some old. Each of these animated movies has made an impact on audiences. To come up with this list, many factors have been taken into consideration; from the number of venues, it was released in (Home Video, International, Theater) to its box office earnings. Whether or not a movie was praised for its true artistry or not did matter as much as how much money it brought in. Here are the 20 Highest Grossing Animated Films of All-Time;

20. The Lion King (2019 remake) ($1,657,713,459) 2019

The Lion King was just released in 2019 and was an instant hit. The movie is a musical drama film and the remake of the original Lion King, which was released in 1994. According to Screen Rant, this remake has surpassed almost every animated movie of all time, even bringing in more money than Frozen. It was produced by Jon Favreau, Jeffrey Silver, and SilverKaren Gilchrist. It’s box office earnings totaled to $1,657,713,459. It is the highest-grossing animated movie of all time as of now. It was released in many venues including International Cinema and Home videos.

19. Frozen II ($1,450,026,933) 2019

This is an amazing film that has done well at the box office. It is about a green ogre named Shrek and his friends Donkey, Puss, and Gingy going through their misadventures in a fairy tale kingdom. The movie was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen”. Set just three years after the first film, frozen 2 follows sisters Elsa and Anna in their continuing adventures. This film was translated into a total of 46 languages and was released in International Cinema and Home Video. This movie grossed a total of $1,450,026,933.

18. Frozen ($1,290,000,000) 2013

Frozen is a fantasy musical film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen”. This film was directed and co-written by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. The voice cast includes Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, and Jonathan Groff. According to Infoplease, this film was released in some venues including International Cinema and Home videos. The total revenue from its sales is $1,290,000,000. It has been awarded a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

17. Incredibles 2 ($1,242,805,359) 2018

Incredibles 2 is an animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird with Jonathan Goldstein and John Walker. It is the sequel to The Incredibles, which was released in 2004 and is based on the comic of the same name by Richard and Alagappan. This film was released in a total of 52 languages and was released in International Cinema and Home Video. The total revenue from its sales is $1,242,805,359. This movie is a box office success and has been nominated for Oscars and Golden Globes.

16. Minions ($1,159,398,397) 2015

Minions is a 2015 animated buddy comedy done by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures. It was directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. The story follows the Minions, who are trying to find a new master after the end of their previous one. It was released in a total number of 56 languages and was released in International Cinema and Home Video. The total revenue of this movie is $1,159,398,397.

15. Toy Story 4 ($1,073,394,593) 2019

Toy Story 4 is an animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the fourth installment in the Toy Story franchise. Toy Story 4 was directed by John Lasseter, who also co-directed the first and third films with Ash Brannon. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Keanne Reeves, Keanu Reeves, and Annie Potts reprise their roles from the previous three films. Toy Story 4 was released in a total of 55 languages and was released in International Cinema and Home Video. It premiered in Los Angeles on June 13, 2019. It earned $1,073,394,593 total revenue. It has been awarded a Golden Globe Award for best-animated feature film and has been nominated for Academy Awards and British Academy Film Awards.

14. Toy Story 3 ($1,066,969,703) 2010

Toy Story 3 was also produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt. This film was directed by Darla K. Anderson and Unkrich. According to The Wrap, the story follows the toys Woody, Buzz, and the others as they find themselves in a room full of untamed tots in a garage sale and accidentally get donated to a daycare center. This film was released in a total number of 57 languages and was released in International Cinema and Home Video. It premiered in Los Angeles on June 20, 2010. This movie grossed $1,066,969,703 total revenue. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Film and has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

13. Despicable Me 3 ($1,034,799,409) 2017

Released in 2017, Despicable Me is an animated funny 3D comedy done by Illumination Entertainment and released by Universal Pictures. This film was directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. The story follows Gru, who has married Lucy Wilde and has adopted three girls. He reunites with his long-lost twin brother Dru who wants to team up with Gru to do villainous activities. It is translated into a total number of 52 languages and was released in International Cinema and Home Video. The total revenue from its sales is $1,034,799,409. It was released in several venues including International Cinema and Home videos.

12. Finding Dory ($1,028,570,889) 2016

The film is a sequel to 2003’s “Finding Nemo” and was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Its story is quite captivating and follows the amnesiac fish, Dory as she tries to find her parents with the help of Nemo and Marlin. It was released in many venues including the International Cinema and Home videos. The total revenue from its sales is $1,028,570,889.

11. Zootopia ($1,023,784,195) 2016

This is an animated buddy comedy by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore. It is the first major animated film to have non-human characters with personalities and motivations, which are designed to be reflective of real-world personalities. It was directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Jared Bush, with co-direction credited to Byron Howard, Jared Bush, and Phil Johnston. The story follows a bunny who works for the city’s traffic division where she teams up with a fast-talking fox to uncover a conspiracy. It was released in International Cinema and Home Video. It premiered in Los Angeles on March 4, 2016. This movie earned $1,023,784,195 total revenue. It has been nominated for Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globe Awards.

10. Despicable Me 2 ($970,766,005) 2013

This computer-animated comedy film was produced by Illumination Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures. It was directed by Pierre Coffin, and Chris Renaud and was released in International Cinema and Home Video. The total revenue from its sales is $970,766,005. This movie has been awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and has been nominated for Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

9. The Lion King (1994 original) ($968,483,777) 1994

This film was quite a hit during its release from 1994 to 1995 and was a successful one at the box office. It is the 34th animated feature in the Disney Animated Canon, following “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937). It was directed by Rob Minkoff, and Irene Mecchi and features music composed by Hans Zimmer. The film was the best animation film up until it was surpassed by Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” in 2010. According to Ficreation, the Lion King was an all-time favorite and is ranked among the best Disney moments in a poll conducted by Disney. Much of its success came from an innovative marketing campaign, through its crossover promotion with the Disney Parks and the then-recently launched Disney Channel. The film was released in International Cinema. It premiered at the El Capitan Theatre on June 15, 1994. It has been awarded Golden Globe Award for a best-animated film, Academy Awards for best animated feature film, and best original song score. The total revenue from its sales is $968,483,777.

8. Finding Nemo ($949,727,261) 2003

This film has done quite well at the box office. It tells the story of Marlin together with Dory who are both trying to find Nemo, who was taken from the Great Barrier Reef by a scuba diver. This animated film won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It was directed by Andrew Stanton with co-direction credited to Stanton and co-director Lee Unkrich. The film has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, and won the award for Best Animated Feature. The total revenue was $949,727,261. It was released in International Cinema and Home Video.

7. Shrek 2 ($928,760,770) 2004

Shrek 2 is a 2004 animated comedy by DreamWorks Animation. This film was directed by Julie Taymor with co-direction credited to Mary Harron and Conrad Vernon. It was released in International Cinema and Home Video. The total revenue from its sales is $928,760,770.

6. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($886,686,817) 2009

Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs is 2009 is an animation film. It is the second installment in the “Ice Age” film series. It was written by Mike Thurmeier who is very talented. It was released in International Cinema and Home Video. The story takes place after the events of “Ice Age: The Meltdown” and is about Scrat’s pursuit of acorns in time for the upcoming winter. It is the first film in the series to appear in 3D. It was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and has been nominated for Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Its total grossing revenue is $886,686,817.

5. Ice Age: Continental Drift ($877,244,782) 2012

This is another huge animation film that has done well at the box office. It tells the story of Scrat and his friends Miles, Sid and Ellie set out to find Captain Gutt’s Arctic Sled to return home. It was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film. The film received five nominations at the Golden Globe Awards, including acting nominations for Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, and Josh Peck. Its total grossing revenue is $877,244,782.

4. The Secret Life of Pets ($875,457,937) 2016

This film was released in International Cinema. It is about the lives of pets after their owners leave for work or school. It is produced by Illumination Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures. It was directed by Chris Renaud and written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. It has received awards such as Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Its total grossing revenue is $875,457,937.

3. Inside Out ($857,611,174) 2015

This is an animation film about the emotional journey of Riley who is a young girl from the Midwest life and travels to meet her dad who starts a new job in a new place. Living in San Francisco’s busy downtown district Riley meets the “real” San Francisco and falls into new friends, adventures, and hang-ups. It was released on June 19, 2015. The voice cast includes Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, and Phyllis Smith. The film was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film and has been nominated for Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Its total grossing revenue is $857,611,174.

2. Shrek the Third ($813,367,380) 2007

Shrek the Third was produced by DreamWorks Animation in the year 2007. It was directed by Andrew Adamson with a co-direction credited to Conrad Vernon. It was written by Mike Mitchell and Barry W. Blaustein, and it was produced by Chris Sanders. The film stars Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, and Julie Andrews. The story involves Shrek and Princess Fiona’s quest to find happiness at Far Far Away, an island they’ve never visited before. It was nominated for two Academy Awards but failed to win any of them. Its total grossing revenue is $813,367,380.

1. Coco ($807,817,888)

Coco is a funny and thrilling adventure of a 12-year-old boy and his magical dog. The younger members of the family, Miguel and Miguel’s imaginary friend, Dante join in the adventure to find a mysterious treasure hidden in the land of the dead. This film was released in International Cinema. It is directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina from a screenplay written by Adrian Molina and Matthew Aldrich. It was produced by Darla K. It is about a 12-year-old boy who mysteriously moved to the other world of the dead. It won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (for “Remember Me”). Its total grossing revenue is $807,817,888.

Conclusion

As you can see, these are the 20 Highest Grossing Animated Films of All-Time. Each one of these has its unique qualities, which makes them great. They have all gained success from different studios, and still have not lost their popularity. No matter what people say is the greatest animated film of all time, it is always going to be up for grabs.

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