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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 enjoying lucrative re-releases prior to the home video era with Walt Disney Animation Studios, who have produced films like ''Aladdin'' and ''The Lion King'', both of which were the highest-grossing films of their respective years. Disney Animation also enjoyed later success with both ''Frozen'' and ''Frozen II'' in addition to Pixar, of which ''Incredibles 2'', the ''Toy Story'' films, the ''Finding Nemo'' films, and ''Inside Out'' have been the best performers; beyond Disney and Pixar, the ''Shrek'', ''Ice Age'', ''Madagascar'', and ''Despicable Me'' series have met with the most success. The ''Peter Pan'', ''Jungle Book'', ''Bambi'', and ''The Lion King'' series saw successful returns after lying dormant for decades.

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 $. 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.

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.

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 Animations, 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 franchise 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.

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; the ''Pokémon'' franchise also features prominently. All of these four 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 #50. 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. :

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, from 1998 until 2019 and 2021, 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. Japanese animated features have top the list in 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1987, and 2020. Spanish animated films top the list in 1945. French animated films in 1949, Swedish animated films in 1974, Norwegian animated films in 1975, Belgium in 1976, Canadian in 1985 and China in 2021. American ever other year. : * ( ... ) Since grosses are not limited to original theatrical runs, a film's first-run gross is included in brackets after the total if known. * * * * * * * * * * *

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.

Computer animated

The following is a timeline of highest-grossing computer animated films. ''Toy Story'' is the only franchise to hold the record on multiple occasions doing so with the first three movies, Pixar is the only studio to hold the record on multiple occasions doing so six times while ''A Bug's Life'' and ''Finding Nemo'' both hold the record the shortest less than a year.

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 20 years, while ''The Nightmare Before Christmas'' held it for the shortest period of 6 years. Both ''Chicken Run'' and ''The Nightmare Before Christmas'' are still among the highest-grossing stop motion animated films.

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 nearly $1.4 billion unadjusted. All franchises by Dreamworks Animation and Pixar (the most represented studios with five franchises), Illumination, 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. :

See also

* List of highest-grossing openings for animated films * List of highest-grossing anime films * List of most expensive animated films * List of highest-grossing live-action/animated films * List of animated films by box office admissions


Per decade


*List of highest-grossing animated films of the 1980s *List of highest-grossing animated films of the 1990s *List of highest-grossing animated films of the 2000s *List of highest-grossing animated films of the 2010s

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